Do we need an ‘Avatar’ trilogy?

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July 29, 2010 by Chris Reynolds

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in "Avatar."

It is well known, at this point, that James Cameron is talking about turning the record-smasher, “Avatar,” into a trilogy. But I am starting to wonder, would that be wise?

According to, Cameron is looking to achieve the same WOW factor in the sequel as he did in the first film. Oh, but he needs to do this with a fraction of the time and budget. Although the interview showed his concern in this matter, he seems pretty gung ho about trying to make it work.

Now, I love the idea of a sequel to “Avatar,” but only if it can be just as amazing, hell, even more amazing than the first film. No re-using old sets or skimping on the animation. I want to be blown away even further. If cutbacks have to be made, then dare I say, it may not be worth it.

I hate seeing great movies being destroyed by hastily made follow-ups. When original cast members are let go because of price cuts, it is a noticeable flaw. You can’t have the same character look like two different people in the span of two or three films. in my mind, that is something Hollywood needs to move away from.

But the main core of “Avatar’s” stunning beauty is in its ability to show us things never before seen in the graphics department. If they can’t hit par on that hole, you might as well call it a triple bogey.

All the corny golf metaphors aside, I just hope Cameron doesn’t make a sequel just for the sake of doing it. I mean, it took him a decade to make the first one! Granted, the world is created, the technology is now available and the stage is set. But all it takes is one hasty move to ruin an outstanding franchise.

I honestly beleive his heart is really in this world he created and I know he wants it to be this big epic, and beleive me I want that too. But maybe right now is not the time.

What do you think?


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