After watching Avatar in 3-D for the first time since theatres in 2009, I began to think about the long delay in the production of the sequels.
I remembered how long it took to bring the original to the screen, a decade to be precise, with talk of “developing something new and innovative”. It was both the reinvention of 3-D and the development of the revolutionary motion-capture and photo realistic animation which still holds up today.
But with the 3-D bubble bursting, is James Cameron prepared to settle for bog standard 3-D again, or has he got something else up his sleeve? I wonder is he is preparing his next opus as a launch pad for the must converted 3-D WITHOUT the glasses.
This is just a personal analysis and may be nothing more than just a half cocked theory but with the delays, the silence and the history of Cameron’s love of ground-breaking innovation, Terminator 2 (1991) for example, there must be something around the corner and 3-D is not half bad if it was not such a complex system to use, both in front of and behind the camera.
Well, only time will tell and whether his plans to begins shooting Avatar 2 next year will pan out or not is anybody’s guess.
But having said all this about new 3-D technologies, the potential for a breakthrough in motion-capture etc… it could just be the scale of the project in hand, with no less that FOUR sequels planned, all need to be written to a reasonable standard, developed, produced and released, all along side the other Goliath’s out there, such as Marvel, Star Wars and possibly DC’s cinematic universes, all of which have earned their own following.
Is Avatar in any position to compete with any of these? I think that the next decade will be a interesting, that’s for sure.