As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, production on most major blockbusters has come to a grinding halt. Avatar 2 has already been delayed numerous times; so it’s only natural that fans are worried that there might be yet another one. But if we take James Cameron’s word on the matter, that might not be the case at all.
Avatar set records in 2009, and despite its opening weekend of a mere $80 million, the film went on to earn over $700 million in North America, and a worldwide total of $2.7 billion. It held the title of the highest-grossing film of all time until Avengers: Endgame overtook it last summer.
Despite its enormous box-office success, the film barely left any cultural footprint. No merch, no conventions, no real fanbase to speak of. And any talk of Avatar among the geekdom is limited to it being labelled as a Pocohantas clone. Some even go so far as to say that the film is just an expensive tech-demo.
What Does Cameron Have To Say?
Whatever the case, it certainly is unwise to bet against James Cameron. The man has a track record of directing two films that held the record of the highest-grossing films of all time. Titanic was famously said to be a disaster in the making (the movie, not the ship.) Avatar was feared to be something similar, and we all know how that turned out.
Principal photography on Avatar 2 and 3 has already wrapped up. And in regards to the sequel being released on time, Cameron had this to say:
We’ve got everybody – everybody at Weta Digital and Lightstorm – working from home to the extent that that is possible. But my work is on the stage doing the virtual cameras and so on, so I can do a bit of editing, but it’s not great for me.”
Avatar 2 is currently on track to be released in December 2021.