James Cameron, who also said the other day that he hopes that ‘Avenger fatigue’ will soon set in and people will tire of all these superheroes [you’re not the only one James], recently compared his Avatar sequels to another big saga, though not a saga you would probably expect. As he said to ‘Entertainment Weekly’:
“I found myself as a father of five, starting to think about what would an Avatar story be like if it was a family drama, if it was The Godfather. Obviously very different genre, very different genre, but I got intrigued by that idea. So, that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga. And that’s very different from the first film. Now, it’s the same type of setting, and there’s the same respect for the shock of the new, that we want to show you things that not only you haven’t seen, but haven’t imagined. It’s a continuation of the same characters, but what happens when warriors that are willing to go on suicide charges, and leap off cliffs on to the back of big orange toruks, what happens when they grow up and have their own kids? It becomes a very different story.”
Released in 2009, Avatar became the highest-grossing film of all time, taking over $2.7 billion. My suspicion is that the sequels won’t receive the same level of interest, and that they won’t come anywhere near The Godfather in quality at least, but you never know. The first one is out 18th December 2020.