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Let the Avatar Sequels Begin

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 28, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 28, 2009 |

Avatar has been out exactly 10 days now, and I’m sick to death of it. I’m sick of the hype; I’m sick of the backlash; and I’m sick of the backlash backlash. I’m tired of hearing about its box office grosses, how much it costs, and whether it will make its money back (it will, a couple of times over, before it’s all said and done). And I’m frankly kind of taken aback at how seriously those who love or hate Avatar take their love and hate. There’s barely a middle ground here, one where we can appreciate the visuals but not the script. The baby is thrown out with the bath water, and then stomped on repeatedly. And given the vast wasteland that is January, and probably the inevitable Best Picture nomination (the Academy loves CGI wizardry), we’ll be hearing about Avatar well into February.

And then we’ll be hearing about Avatar 2. James Cameron has already stated that there will be a sequel — probably a trilogy, and that he’s got the stories mapped out for the next two (though, no script has yet been written). It makes financial sense, too, to re-use the $300 or $400 or $500 million investment that Fox has put into the first movie for sequels, which probably won’t end up being much cheaper anyhow, but will be quicker to the screen, since so many of the sets have been made and the technology has been established. As Cameron told ComingSoon:

Actually, when I pitched this to 20th Century Fox four-and-a-half years ago, I said, ‘You know, we’re going to spend a lot of money and time and energy creating not only a process but the assets, the CG assets, we call them - all the models of every rock and tree and plant and creature and the muscle rigs for all the creatures and the facial rigging for the main characters and all that’… huge, millions and millions of dollars. So it really makes sense to think of it as the potential start of a franchise, if you will, or a saga that plays out over several acts, each movie being an act of that saga.

But here’s what really annoys me, for some reason. Avatar has created another one of these fanboy worlds with practically a made-up language, and for years, I’m going to have to listen to nasal-drippy geeks speaking this new form of Klingon, and talking about this goddamn made-up world as though it’s real, and taking this shit way too goddamn seriously.

But hey! Maybe that’s just me.

Welcome to the New World Order, folks. James Cameron owns your ass.

(Background Source: Slashfilm)

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