Despite some indifference amongst film fans, James Cameron is determined to deliver on those Avatar sequels….FOUR to be exact.While serious fans of the 2009 innovative visual feast should be thrilled, film buffs (at least online) have been strongly against the announcement. But are we being too cynical?
I do have to wonder though, has the window of opportunity that Cameron had to capitalise on the success of the first film closed? Do people care enough anymore? Avatar certainly got critics, fans, industry insiders and fellow directors talking, mostly in support of the film’s spectacular visuals and timely themes, but has Cameron waited too long for the follow-up?
The recent success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be used as an example of how a brand new generation can be introduced to a film without having seen its predecessors, and utterly fall in love with it. While Episode VII did have the advantage of a built-in audience and, for the most part, the adoration of lifelong fans of the franchise, there were plenty of new fans eager to take in this expansive universe.
And this is James Cameron we’re talking about. The man gave us Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and, the big one, Titanic. Whether you’re a fan of all his films or just a few or, on the flip side, none at all, there’s no denying this man’s contribution to pop culture cinema.
So maybe those who saw the first Avatar no longer care to catch up with Jake Sully and Neytiri, but with a good script and even better special effects, Cameron just might hook in some brand new fans.