James Cameron Confirms New Writers For “Avatar” Sequels

Avatar haters, you are not going to dig this.  Details have recently emerged about the sequel’s to James Cameron’s Oscar-winning 2009 film Avatar, the sci-fi blockbuster that broke boundaries in technical achievements and is currently the highest grossing picture of all time, minus inflation.

The announcement made by Cameron earlier today has confirmed it: Cameron has hired three new writers to help penn not only Avatar 2 & 3, but also a fourth installment to be released sometime in 2018.  The confirmed contributors to the project are Joshua Friedman (Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds), Shane Salerno (Oliver Stone’s Savages), Rich Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes).

And again come the sequels.  What is the world coming to when we have to recycle everything every two-to-three years?  Unlike my other fellow film lovers who seemed to hate the movie, I for one loved the first Avatar.  I loved the characters, the concept, the stellar visuals, Cameron’s expert handling of the premise, and ultimately how he, through the story, came to resonate Sully’s conflict with that of the oppressed indians during the Cherokee trail of 1849.  It was not only an ambitious film, but an intelligent film, and a wondrous sci-fi blockbuster that genuinely made great use of its visuals and of its concept.

That being said, you all know my views of sequels.  The more movies that are produced, the less likely it is to be compared to the original one.  I like that Cameron is enlisting in the help of four other writers, and believe that it will help stretch and expand its story to greater heights.  But there is still the greater danger of the story being unaffected, no matter how many writers are attached.  Example: Armageddon had nine credited writers for its screenplay.  Nine.  Was it a fun movie?  Yes, but was it intelligent-worthy of nine writers???  I’ll let you answer that for me.

What are your thoughts?  Some people loved Avatar, others hated it.  What are your views, and what are your thoughts on the sequel?  Comment below, let me know.

-David Dunn

SOURCE: LatinoReview, Cinemablend
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