James Cameron’s been going on about sequels to Avatar [which will now number four] for some time now, and we supposedly have vague release dates for all four movies, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll meet them. The issue seems to be that he’s waiting for technology to catch up with his ambitions. While accepting his admission as a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, James Cameron briefly discussed the Avatar sequels with Indiewire:
“I’m going to push. Not only for better tools, workflow, high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rates (HFR) — the things we are working toward. I’m still very bullish on 3D, but we need brighter projection, and ultimately I think it can happen — with no glasses. We’ll get there.”
Aside from my personal opinion [not shared by everyone] that 3D often just looks fake [I think it looked fine in Avatar for the effects scenes, but the people just looked like cardboard cutouts], I think that most will agree that having to put on those glasses is the most irritating thing about the process, so if Cameron and his team that get around this, it’ll be a very good thing. At the moment some TV manufacters have developed some proto-type glass-less 3D TVs, though they’ve so far been limited in terms of viewing angle requirements. I’m not sure about the HFR thing but then I haven’t yet seen Ang Lee’s Long Halftime Walk which will supposedly make good use of the format.
It would be nice though if Cameron spent a bit more time on the scripting side this time, though it’s the technical aspects which seem to be what he’s most interested in…
Avatar 2 is supposed to hit cinemas around Christmas 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022, and Avatar 5 in 2023, all around the winter holiday….but don’t bet on it.