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James Cameron Announces 4 AVATAR Sequels & Opinion on The Screening Room

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Four Avatar Sequels and Cameron’s Screening Room Opinion. Director James Cameron has announced that instead of three sequels to his first Avatar film, there will now be four. James Cameron made the announcement in Las Vegas at 2016 CinemaCon: “We’re making four epic [Avatar] films that stand alone but together form a saga. These movies were designed to be seen in theaters first.”

Already pushed back previously, Avatar 2 will now be released in 2018. Avatar 3 will be released in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022, and Avatar 5 in 2023.

It seems that James Cameron had too much story to be contained in his original three films. I just hope that what happened to The Hobbit films does not happen to the Avatar films: over-stuffed with irrelevancies and thin story-lines stretched way too far. That does not appear to be the case with Cameron’s Avatar films. “I’ve been working with the top four screenwriters and designers in the world to design the world of Avatar going forward,” he said. “The environments, new cultures — whatever it takes to bring it to life. From what I’m seeing of the art on the wall … in pure imagination is just beyond the first film. I’m speechless.”

Regarding The Screening Room, many had been waiting to hear Cameron’s opinion on the potential new service that has movie theater companies up in arms. Cameron did not disappoint at CinemaCon. “Our jobs as filmmakers is to keep making films onscreen,” he told the crowd. “We’ll continue to make this industry the greatest show on Earth. My producer Jon Landau and I are committed to the theater experience. Despite what the folks at the Screening Room say, I think movies need to be offered in the theater on opening day. So boom.”

Cameron went on to tell assembled convention people how much he admired theater owners for the strives that they have taken to make movie-going as attractive and as comfortable as possible. He also mentioned that the assailment of that hollowed culture norm (movie-going) had been going on for a long time. “There’s always been a threat with movie-going, whether that’s been video, DVD or streaming. … We answer it by being great with our showmanship. We create things by being great in the movie theater. I want to give exhibition a shout-out for keeping the experience sacred: making the sound better, the chairs comfier — whatever it takes to get people to get in their cars to go across town.”

I am looking forward to the Avatar sequels but I don’t think the idea of The Screening Room is going away any time soon.

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