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What is the deal with the Avatar Sequels?

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Director James Cameron is among the more visionary cinamatic minds in history.

Titanic, Terminator 2, the man is a walking legend.

His highly sophisticated approach to cinema will never be duplicated, Christopher Nolan has a chance, but it’s remote.

The pure artistry on display in the films Cameron has produced are pure genuis.

His crowning acheivement was the film Avatar.

The scope of the film, the technolgy he personally invented was breathtaking.

The performances of Sam Worthington, and Zoey Saldana certainly gave the film an organic appeal, but the vision was all James Cameron.

The film addressed serious social issues, it was not merely a digital spectacle, it was generational commentary.

The film was emotionally stunning, rarely in cinema do the viewers actually root against the human beings depicted in the film.

Cameron acheived this dynamic, and he did it with swag.

Cameron shut the industry down with Avatar.

Star Wars, Harry Potter, the Avengers, nobody has come close to touching Avatar.

Avatar became the highest grossing moving of all time, raking in almost 2.3 billion dollars, and reseting the expectation of what it means to create a blockbuster.

Shortly after Avater changed the film industry, Cameron promised that his creation was merely the begining.

He intended to make “multiple” Avatar films.

Considering it took him almost 18 years to make the first movie, film buffs did not hold their breath, such an endeavor could take 20 more years.

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Never the less, Camerson insisted that the films would be released in relatively short order.

That was 8 years ago, and summer after summer movie goers are teased by updates about the Avatar sequels.

There is rumors of Cameron going 5000 leagues under the sea for conceptual development, developing technology that most of Hollywood can only dream about.

We have heard that the next film will be based underwater, and given the wonderful universe that he created on land, such a prospect has fans drooling.

But for whatever reason, the films have yet to go into production, and with every year that passes, it seems like we will never see these sequels.

One of the films was supposed to be released last year, but the studio bagged it when Disney announced that the Force Awakens would be released in December.

Earlier this week, James Cameron let the fans down again, and at some point, we may need to stop paying attention to the prospect of these Avatar sequels that dont have a cast, a production date, or anything that would lead us to believe these movies will actually take place

In an interview with Variety, Cameron explained that his vision is expanding, which means an even longer wait for perhaps the most antipcated sequel of all time

From Variety 

James Cameron will make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films will start hitting theaters in 2018.

“We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic project, making four epic films, each of which stands alone but together forms a complete saga,” Cameron said. His announcement came immediately after the director told theater owners he opposes the proposal by Sean Parker’s upstart Screening Room, to bring movies into customers’ homes at the same time they debut in theaters.

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In further support of the first-run theatrical experience, Cameron added of the “Avatar” sequels: “Trust me, these are films that were designed to be seen in theaters and on the big screen first.”

The other three films will be released at Christmas-time in 2020, 2022 and 2023. “That is our game plan,” Cameron said.

“The next time I see you will be on Pandora,” Cameron told the theater owners, referring to the mythical land he created with “Avatar.”

James Cameron is intent on making these films, but 10 years between films is asking too much of the fans.

At some point, we want to see the product, and there is no indiciation that we ever will.

Given the meticulous nature of his art, and the spectacular results we have seen in the past, perhaps James Cameron has earned our faith.

But he needs to hurry up.

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