The “Avatar: The Way of Water” audience has finally decided on the fate of the film series.
In a span of weeks after its worldwide premiere, the much-awaited “Avatar” continuation has scored the first spot of the top 15 highest grossing films of 2022, officially outstripping “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Now, in response to this success, “Avatar” director James Cameron is ready to step forward in producing the fourth and fifth installations of the film series, as told in the latest episode of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”
The director said: “It looks like, just with the momentum that the film has now, that will easily pass our break even in the next few days, so it looks like I can’t wiggle out of this, I’m gonna have to do these other sequels.”
James pertains to the production of the fourth and fifth films, as “Avatar 3” is already premiering on Dec. 20, 2024. “I know what I’m going to be doing in the next six or seven years. The point is we’re going to be okay,” he added.
A few months ago, James got real about the fortune of his Academy Award-winning film, saying he was willing to wrap up the saga with the third sequel if “The Way of Water” flops, regardless of the three sequels in the works and featuring the “Ash People,” a fire version of the Na’vi, in “Avatar 3.”
“The market could be telling us we’re done in three months, or we might be semi-done, meaning: ‘ok, let’s complete the story within movie three, and not go on endlessly,’ if it’s just not profitable,” he said.
In the interview, the “Avatar” director also clarified to Wallace that his statement regarding the second film needing to gross at least $2 billion to become “the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history” was lower, “To clarify, I never actually gave it a number. I said it would have to be among the highest-grossing films in history and somebody else applied that number and it got picked up. The number is actually less.”
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Stills from “Avatar: The Way of Water” trailer