Sam Worthington, Cliff Curtis, and Kate Winslet in Avatar: The Way of Water.

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We’re solely every week into 2023, however Avatar: The Way of Water has continued to dominate the field workplace since its mid-December 2022 launch. Having principally wiped the ground with another competitors in theaters in the course of the month (and even the 12 months’s earlier huge juggernaut Top Gun Maverick), it’s solely a matter of time earlier than it reaches $2 billion. And meaning James Cameron’s grand ambitions for the science fantasy sequence will play out in full.

Cameron was a visitor on this week’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace over at HBO Max, and he stated that “we’re going to be okay” as Way of Water appears poised to just about attain that $2 billion benchmark, and that he’s ready to make Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 into actuality. “It looks like I can’t wiggle out of this, I’m gonna have to do these other sequels,” stated Cameron, clearly taking the piss. He added that he expects some assembly with Disney within the close to future relating to Avatar 3. “I know what I’m going to be doing the next six or seven years.”

Both Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are written, continued Cameron, and like with the third film, a few of Avatar 4’s footage has already been shot to keep away from the youthful actors visibly getting old up between movies. To a point, his planning forward is sensible: Avatar 3 is already set for a late December 2024 launch, and the nonetheless untitled fourth and fifth movies had been scheduled for late December releases in respectively 2026 and 2028 a while in the past. And with the field workplace numbers to point out it, Cameron’s choice to get forward of the sport has positively paid off. “We’ve begun a franchise at this point. We’ve begun a saga that can now play out over multiple films.”

Recently, he additionally stated that his plans for Avatar 3 can be to incorporate the Ash People (severely), the franchise’s first Na’vi villains, who reside in Pandora’s volcanic area. The obvious plan for the sequence is to work its means by way of the 4 components—y’know, water, earth, fireplace, air, from when the 4 nations lived in concord way back. Producer Jon Landau has additionally talked about utilizing Avatar 5 as a cause to take the sequence to Earth, so the Sully clan, and Zoe Saladana’s Neytiri particularly, can see how the planet’s faring. Unless one thing actually goes unsuitable, and if Cameron can’t discover one other director to finally cross the baton off to, it seems just like the franchise will carry on maintaining on.

[by way of The Hollywood Reporter]

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