'Avatar 2' update: Filmmaker James Cameron acknowledges that expectations on sequels are very high


“Avatar” was released six years ago and fans are now anxious for the release of the next installment. Filmmaker James Cameron shared his thoughts and experience as he creates the film’s sequels. 

In a report by Entertainment Weekly on Dec. 11, Cameron expressed that he is already in the process of refining details. The necessary settings, creatures and characters for the movie are already in its final stage. 

He said, “Because you have to challenge yourself. Obviously, expectations are going to be very high on these films, especially on Avatar 2, to make sure it wasn’t just some big fluke the first time. So we’ve got to deliver. I’ve created a nice rod for my own back, so they say.” 

His previous “Avatar” movie has generated almost $2.8 billion earnings worldwide. Not only that, the movie also raked in 12 awards from respected award-giving bodies like the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the BFCA Critics Choice Award and the Empire Awards. Among its achievements are: Best Motion Picture and Best Director from Golden Globe; and Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best in Production Design from the Academy Awards. “Avatar” also introduced 3D technology worldwide during its release in 2009.

In a report by Yahoo! news back in January, Cameron shared the complexities involved in working for a saga comprised of three films, something one doesn’t get when working on a stand-alone movie. He said that the new “Avatar” trilogy is one monumental task since he is working on all three installments simultaneously. He said that he is aiming to give each film a satisfying conclusion and it is important that each film can be easily linked with each other so that audience wont be left hanging. 

That is why aside from writing, his team is also doing the designs of the environments and every creature that they are incorporating in the movie in order to achieve their goal. But the filmmaker also admitted that the complexities involved in the creation of the trilogy prompted him to push release of the first movie to 2017. 

The “Avatar” trilogy is being made by Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment. The first part is scheduled to be released on Dec. 25, 2017.