James Cameron Isn’t Worried About That 11-Year ‘Avatar 2’ Sequel Gap

Ah, the Avatar sequels – the continuously-delayed, but still in-development tetralogy of follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time (that has left a considerably smaller footprint in popular culture than that accomplishment would suggest). It might seem like taking 11 years (should the planned December 2020 release date for Avatar 2 come to pass) to come up with another movie may diminish interest in a sequel, but director James Cameron says he isn’t worried.

At Disney’s grand opening of Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion at Animal Kingdom, Cameron revealed the reason why he’s not too concerned about Avatar 2 taking so long to make: because this is nothing new for him as a director. In an interview with CNN, Cameron cites his previous work with franchises as an example of how audiences will keep coming to theaters if they’re given compelling visuals and an interesting story.

“It was a seven-year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, seven year gap between Alien and Aliens. It’s gonna be obviously more like a ten year gap between Avatar and Avatar 2. But Avatar 2 you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of three more films beyond that, and that’s a very different concept with the audience. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision.”

Thus far, the Pandora-themed expansion to Animal Kingdom has done well, boosting park attendance significantly, so perhaps Cameron’s confidence that his Avatar sequel could do similarly well may not be completely unfounded. That being said, the story is one aspect that the Avatar sequels absolutely must improve upon in order for the series to survive as a franchise, since the bare-bones story that featured a mix of elements seen in FerngullyPocahontas, and Dances With Wolves, are the most criticized thing about the movie – and might be a big part of why interest in the franchise is relatively tepid compared to other big-budget sci-fi series. On another note, it’s interesting to see that Cameron just hinted that the movie might be released in 2019 after all, after it was previously stated that Avatar 2 would be coming out in 2020 – perhaps the confirmation that Star Wars Episode IX will be a May 2019 movie has given Cameron the confidence to release his movie in the December of that year.

Four Avatar sequels are planned for release in the Decembers of 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025.

Source: CNN (via CinemaBlend)

10 Cinematic Heroes To Celebrate This Memorial Day

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Today, Americans across the country celebrate Memorial Day. Now many just use this day as a means to enjoy the day off by either going to cook outs, or hanging at the nearest beach/amusement park/pool, marking the unofficial start of the summer season for everyone. However, the real meaning behind the Federal Holiday is to take time to remember fallen soldiers who have died in service of our country. For some, it’s a day of remembrance, solemn reflection, and a chance to grieve as well. For everyone across the country, we here at Heroic Hollywood would like to wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day.

We here at Heroic Hollywood, as we live in a world of superheroes and their cinematic film adaptations also see some of these characters as our modern-day myths. While they are not heroic as true soldiers who die in service of their countries, they are heroic in their own right. So in remembrance of today’s holiday, we wanted to take a look at heroes within the various superhero cinematic universes that died heroically in their roles. If there is a celebrated Memorial Day in the DC, Marvel, X-Men, and other cinematic universes, here are a few heroes that would receive the recognition. Click Next to take a look.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.