You probably expected James Cameron to be annoyed that Avengers: Endgame eclipsed Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all time.
But the legendary director has now admitted that he actually felt relief when the Marvel blockbuster moved past Avatar’s $2.79 billion gross, as it gave him “a lot of hope” that people still want to “go to movie theaters.”
However, despite the success of Endgame, Cameron is scared that the movie landscape has changed so much in the years since Avatar’s 2009 release that there isn’t an audience for the sequels.
“The thing that scared me most about making Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 was that the market might have shifted so much that it simply was no longer possible to get people that excited about going and sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers to watch something,” he told Deadline.
“Will Avatar 2 and 3 be able to create that kind of success in the zeitgeist? Who knows. We’re trying. Maybe we do, maybe we don’t, but the point is, it’s still possible.”
“I’m happy to see it, as opposed to an alternate scenario where, with the rapid availability, custom-designed experience that everybody can create for themselves with streaming services and all the different platforms, that [theatrical potential] might not have existed anymore.”
We’ll finally find out the answer to Cameron’s question when Avatar 2 is released on December 17, 2021, while its three sequels will arrive on 22 December, 2023, 19 December, 2025, and 17 December, 2027.
Those of you that want to see more from the mind of James Cameron don’t actually have to wait that long, though. That’s because, while he is only producing Terminator: Dark Fate, his creative input is destined to be all over the film, which will finally hit screens on 25 October.