James Cameron Talks Gap Between Avatar Movies

During a recent conversation with CNN, James Cameron advised he’s not worried about the amount of time that’s passed between Avatar‘s release in 2009 and the current 2020 release date of Avatar 2. Here are some highlights:

On Pandora – The World of Avatar: “Well, Disney came to me and said we want to take your movie and turn it into a land. Not a ride. A land. A place to go and be and smell and walk through and experience and have it surround you. And I thought, okay… that’s a bit of a challenge. You guys are biting off a big one this time. And then they took me and showed me the model of what they proposed to build and I was stunned by the scope of their vision and imagination. Now I’m used to being the one who does that, you know? And getting everybody else afraid that it’s not possible or it’s not gonna work. So the shoe was on the other foot and I thought alright, there’s gonna be budget cuts. Some adult is gonna come in and stop them. And you know what? They played through, and they delivered on every promise and beyond.”

On the time gap between movies: “It was a seven year gap between “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” seven year gap between “Alien” and “Aliens.” It’s gonna be obviously more like a ten year gap between “Avatar” and “Avatar 2.” But “Avatar 2” you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of three more films beyond that, and that’s a very different concept with the audience. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision. And by the way, this land will help bridge that gap in the public conscience. People will come here, and say, man I need some “Avatar.”


On the biggest threat in society right now: “I think our disregard for natural systems and our kind of overshoot as a species consuming everything in sight, you know? I think that the real battle of the future, philosophically, is gonna be between the takers and the caretakers. The takers are ascendant right now because in their mind, if you’re not a taker, you’re a loser.”