The deity that was 2009’s Avatar is finally being resurrected in the most grandeur fashion. Not only does the series boast a $1 billion budget, but each of James Cameron‘s four sequels have entered production simultaneously, outshining even Peter Jackson‘s ambitious choice to produce the Lord of the Rings trilogy in one go.
Realistically, though sounding like all the money in the world, $1 billion isn’t that great a figure. Divided across the four films, that boils down to $250 million each. Granted, by shooting all at once, there must be some sweet savings going on. The first installment cost a not too dissimilar $237 million, a meek figure compared to its box office takings.
Avatar amassed $2.79 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of all time. Cameron’s very own Titanic comes in second, but even then is over $600 million behind. Even if Avatars 2-5 earn only $1 billion each, there’d still be a $3 billion profit from the series. I’m certain that won’t be the case, though.
Almost the whole cast (even those who are presumed dead in the series) are returning for the sequel. Avatar 2 kicks off the resurrection on December 18th, 2020, with the later installments hitting theatres December 17th 2021, December 20th 2024 and December 19th, 2025. Don’t be too surprised in 8 years time when the actors look far younger on screen than they do at the premiere.