In an interview published by the Toronto Star, James Cameron reveals that the sequel to the groundbreaking 3D movie Avatar will not hit theaters in 2018. Of course, Cameron notes that he is not merely making Avatar 2. Three sequels to the original are in concurrent production, which represents an epic eight-year undertaking for the director of the top grossing movie of all time.
Avatar’s influence on the movie and the TV industry cannot be overstated. Even though 3D for home viewing is becoming a niche format for AV enthusiasts who are into front projection—major TV makers totally abandoned 3D in 2017—it persists as a popular choice in commercial cinemas and 3D movies continue to be released.
Importantly, 3D spurred crucial improvements in TV brightness that benefitted 2D content. And it’s reasonable to expect that the Avatar sequels will benefit from recent rapid advances in virtual reality (VR) technology. Indeed, I’m confident that many people will experience the Avatar sequels in 3D HDR VR using their smartphones.
Regardless of what the ramifications are of delaying the first sequel—Cameron notes that there never was a firm release date—one thing is for sure: When these sequels arrive, there’s no telling what sort of innovations they will serve as catalysts for. After all, with Avatar and Titanic, Mr. Cameron is responsible for the #1 and #2 top grossing films of all time—quite an accomplishment.
Are you disappointed that Avatar 2 won’t come out in 2018, or are you glad James Cameron is taking as long as he thinks he needs to take? Do you think these sequels will spur innovation in the AV hobby? Will 3D make a comeback? Sound off in the comments!