Cameron says Avatar 2 has to make sure franchise wasn't just a big 'fluke'

It’s been a long time since James Cameron’s Avatar shattered box office records back in 2009, and we still have almost two years until the sequel arrives in 2017. With so much time in between, Cameron is working to make sure that $2.7 billion box-office haul wasn’t a “fluke.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cameron opened up about his ambitious sequel plans (which currently encompass another full trilogy of films) and the work he and his team have been putting in over the past several years to get all the necessary ducks in a row. The legendary filmmaker admitted expectations are going to be through the roof, and he wants to make sure the next several films can warrant all the money and time put in to turn this alien saga into a franchise.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“I’m in the process of doing another pass through all three scripts right now. Just refining. That’s in parallel with the design process. The design process is very mature at this point. We’ve been designing for about a year and a half. All the characters, settings and creatures are all pretty much [set]. 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.”

Nearly a full decade will have passed between films once part two arrives, and a lot has changed in that time. Superhero movies are the dominant force these days, and many older franchises vying for a second shot at glory have not done particularly well in recent years.

It begs the question: Will audiences turn out for more Avatar, or was the first film’s success just a perfect storm of technology and timing?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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