It was a long time in-between blockbusters when James Cameron finally came back with Avatar, but it was definitely worth the wait.
Although the movie certainly has its haters, I thought it was enormous fun, and the 3D was extraordinary.
There's definitely going to be more in the series, it won't be any time soon, but knowing Cameron, it should be worth the wait when the next Avatar in the series is ready.
In fact, according to Collider and The New York Times, the King of the World himself has proclaimed, "Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company's development arm. So I'm not interested in developing anything. I'm in the Avatar business. Period. That's it. I'm making Avatar, Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4."
Collider is indeed hoping Cameron will eventually make his adaptation of Battle Angel "because it's good-crazy and Cameron is the only person who could get it made," but as Cameron continued, "I'm not going to producer other people movies for them. I'm not interested in taking scripts. The point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way."
Word has it Avatar 2 was scheduled for a December 2014 release, but Cameron's usually late delivering his movies. You may recall Titanic was supposed to come out in the summer of 1997, and it was delayed a costly six months. Many were expecting the first Avatar to be late, and were very surprised it came out on time, but we genre fans know with Cameron he needs a grace period. Like the saying goes, you want it done right, or you want it Tuesday?
Cameron also added that Avatar 2 and 3 are basically one screenplay, and they'll be shot back to back. And with every Cameron film, new technology has to be developed to make it, and Iron Jim added, "We've spent the last year and a half on software development and pipeline development. The virtual production methodology was extremely prototypical on the first film. No one had ever done it before and we didn't eeven know for two and a half years into it and $100 million into it if it was going to work. So we just wanted to make our lives a whole lot easier so that we can psend a little more of our brainpower on creativity."