Last Week Tonight host John Oliver says no one cared about director James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels.
James Cameron debuted Avatar in 2009 to critical and commercial acclaim, making it the highest-grossing film of all time. A series of sequels were immediately put into development but thanks to numerous delays, they have yet to manifest. Currently, the direct sequel to Avatar is set to hit cinemas next December, with Avatar 3 hitting cinemas in 2024. Avatar 4 and 5 are expected to follow should the first two sequels be successful.
While James Cameron is already thinking ten steps ahead, John Oliver believes that no one cares about the Avatar franchise. In his latest episode of Last Week Tonight (via Uproxx), Oliver brought up James Cameron’s persistence to get the sequels made and how no one seems to be interested in them. Oliver brought the film up, which was released in 2009, whilst discussing the 2009 Climate Change Global Conference and its failure to create solutions to climate change.
“There are things it’s OK to take a decade on and not deliver on. The Avatar sequels, for instance. Take your time on those, James Cameron. No one gives a s–t…I will give anyone in this audience $1,000 right now if they remember either of these characters’ names.”
A lot has been said about the Avatar franchise and if the film is culturally relevant over a decade after its release. While the film may appear to be a one-hit-wonder right now, that tune could change later next year when Avatar 2 finally debuts.
Here is the official synopsis for the first Avatar film:
AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.
Avatar 2 is currently set to be released on December 16th of 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on James Cameron’s upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.