The worldwide gross for James Cameron’s Avatar currently stands at $1.4 billion, which means it is just $400+ million away from reaching Titanic‘s record. Will it make it? We’ll have to wait and see. Although whatever it’s final gross there will almost certainly be an Avatar 2, as Cameron kinda confirmed last week. In a recent interview with EW Cameron spoke briefly about the sequel, and said that they even put a few scenes in the film to set up a sequel:
But not only did director James Cameron always believe that the film would be a hit — he was even planning a sequel during production. “I’ve had a storyline in mind from the start — there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel,” Cameron says. “It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters — that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It’d be a waste not to use it again.” Sam Worthington is already signed to play Jake Sully again, and he e-mailed EW some plot suggestions for the sequel: “Jake should have abused his avatar and be fat and unfit and demand Neyteri to get him a beer.”
In related news The Wrap got the chance to interview Cameron and Zoe Saldana (Neytiri) after a recent screening. I love this interview mainly because the interviewer just lets them talk, and as a result we have 10 minutes of the duo talking about Zoe’s casting, behind the scenes antics and James Cameron bleeding after a camera hit him in the face whilst filming.
And finally here’s a ‘making of’ video which I hadn’t seen before (even though it’s been online for a few weeks). It’s still interesting to watch even if you have already seen it, and even more so after watching the above interview.