Fans have been patiently waiting for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water for over ten years. When Avatar came out in 2009, it changed everything. Not only was it the highest-grossing movie at the time, but the way it connected with people was something that had never been done before.
The science-fiction movie talks about colonization, climate change, and how we are connected to the world around us. But the world has changed a lot since the first movie came out, and in the theater business after the pandemic, it is very important to make a profitable franchise of this size.
Cameron told Slash Film in a recent interview that he wouldn’t be upset if people didn’t like Avatar 2 anymore. He said he’d be happy to end the series with the third movie.
Cameron’s reputation as an artist was cemented by the huge success of the first movie, and he signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make three more films: Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4. When Disney bought Fox, the support of the Mouse House helped the director reach his goals.
On December 16, return to Pandora.
— Avatar (@officialavatar) November 2, 2022
He has made many box office hits, such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, Titanic, and more. Cameron said, “The post-pandemic theater experience is uncertain because of the growth of the streaming business and changing consumer tastes.”
The market could tell us we’re done in three months or that we’re only halfway done, in which case we’d say, “Okay, let’s finish the story in movie three and not keep going on and on,” if it’s not profitable to do so.
Even the world itself has changed since I wrote these things. It’s a two-for-one deal: the pandemic and streaming. Or, on the other hand, maybe we’ll remind people why they should go to the theater. This movie does that for sure. The question is, how many people care now?
The main filming for Avatar 3 is done, and the release date is set for December 20, 2024. Fans who want to see Avatar 4 will have to wait another two years.
Some movies, like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick, and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, have been huge hits since the pandemic.
If Avatar’s rerelease is any indication, which brought the movie’s total earnings around the world to $2.905 billion, The Way of Water looks safe for now.
On December 16, the movie will be in theaters. You can read about our talk with Cameron down below: