Whether the first film held its own after leaving multiplexes has often been up for debate, but it’s rarely denied that when Avatar hit cinemas it was at the very least a unique visual experience for audiences, and it still reigns supreme as the highest-grossing film of all time.
Since he first announced he was planning not one, but four sequels to Avatar, things have been pretty quiet – but Mr Cameron hasn’t veered off course in the last 7 years. In fact, he’s been working on making the follow-up films as new and groundbreaking as the first, if returning star Sigourney Weaver is to be believed.
Asked why the sequels have been delayed for such a long time, the actress had this to say about the director’s process and progress:
“I think what he’s been doing is trying to develop the technology. We’re going to do all four simultaneously, so I think he’s trying to make sure that he has really done all the groundwork so when he really starts these four we’ll be able to hit the ground running. So I don’t think he’s actually… he IS experimenting. I don’t know if any of that would end up in the movie ’cause it’s not actually any of the story, but I’m sure he’s trying to figure out how to photograph an animal in this situation, things like that, so on the day he doesn’t have to waste time finding that out.”
Filming four sequels at the same time sounds like a mammoth undertaking, so it absolutely makes sense that Cameron would want to get the best out of any new tech he and his team have been developing over the years. Even if we don’t know what this tech is for sure, we do know that not so long back the director was shooting for the moon and trying to develop 3D without the need for glasses, so the mind kind of boggles.
In a recent interview with Variety, Weaver also also dished some details on what she’s ingested from a look at the potential Avatar sequels.
“In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”