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James Cameron Says He’s Forced To Do 3 More Avatar Sequels Since The Way of Water Became Profitable: “Can’t wiggle out of this”

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James Cameron has promised us, the viewers that he will be providing us with five Avatar movies. While the first movie was a big success, Cameron showed some doubt about the rest of the movies to come, in the past.

Cameron once stated that Avatar 2 would at least need to gross over 2 billion dollars at the box office to break even but brought down the numbers to 1.5 billion dollars.

James Cameron.
James Cameron.

Also read: James Cameron Says that the First Two Avatar Films “were an introduction, a way to set the table before serving the meal”

James Cameron’s Penta-Arc Plan

The release of Avatar: The Way of Water, with its huge success at the box office, has already pushed James Cameron and his team of VFX artists to complete Avatar 3 which was shot along with Avatar 2, and finish filming the last two movies as they have already been written.

The guys sitting above at Disney are already deciding the game plan for the third movie and for the rest of the ones to come. James Cameron comments on this situation,

“We’ve already captured and photographed the whole film. And then Avatar 4 and 5 are both written. We even have some of 4 in the can. So, I think we can see that, I think, we’ve begun a franchise at this point.”

James Cameron with Avatar 2 stars
James Cameron with Avatar characters

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With the amount of success, the second movie gathered, in the latest episode of HBO Max’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace interview James Cameron said, “It looks like, just with the momentum that the film has now, that we’ll easily pass our breakeven in the next few days, actually,”. 

James Cameron also said that as the second movie is almost at a break-even point, the editing for the third has already begun.

James Cameron’s 3 Billion-Dollar Franchise

James Cameron was an ordinary person like us and a truck driver earning his day-to-day wages. though he was a very big fan of directing, he taught himself by studying students’ papers until this passion for the arts paid off. He would drive down to USC and photocopy all the doctoral dissertations on filmmaking and even gave himself a full college education for 120 dollars.

He was so passionate about becoming a director that he just needed to get a breakthrough into a movie as a director which he got. Cameron was hired to direct a movie called Piranha 2, which resulted in getting himself fired only after 10 days. He later commented,

I got hired to do this film called Piranha 2, and they fired me after 10 days… Absolutely the best flying piranha film ever made.”

Cameron's Titanic and Avatar
Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar

Also read: James Cameron Becomes the First Director Ever to Have 3 Films Gross Over $1.5 Billion Worldwide

Like every other directors, Cameron too had to start somewhere, face rejection, gain knowledge about the industry and keep on trying until his big break which he eventually got as The Terminator (1984). The rest is history as James Cameron becomes the first director to have three films grossing more than $1.5 billion at the box office.

Avatar 3 is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2024, with Avatar 4 on December 18, 2026, and lastly Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028.

Avatar: The Way of Water is out in theatres.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 200 published articles on Fandomwire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 5 years’ time.