James Cameron is clearly beginning to loose patience with those individuals who have lost patience with him. The belated sequel to 2009's smash hit Avatar is now into an 8th year without a follow up and with a slate of installments to arrive after number two, the director has explained in no uncertain terms that there is no panic to be had.
The filmmaker enjoyed a moment of glory as he helped to construct Disney's new attraction Pandora - The World of Avatar. The theme park will be one of the signature locations to visit once it opens in earnest this weekend, but it also serves as a reminder how much time has passed since the original film debuted.
Cameron: No One Was Clambering For T2 or Aliens At This Stage
Sitting down with CNN to celebrate this landmark event, Cameron was asked about his movie Avatar that was showcased "about a decade ago." This became a strong point of conjecture for the director who wanted the timeline set straight.
"No, no, no," he urgently stopped the interviewer. "Let's not exaggerate. Seven-and-a-half years. You're off by 25%!"
Not letting Cameron off the hook with that answer, he was quizzed about the gap between features and whether or not it would impact upcoming sequels and the theme park's relevance.
"Well it didn't hurt Avatar, that there was no Avatar before Avatar," he replied. "So I kind of rest my case. But 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."
Disney Follows Through On Major Promise
Returning to more topical matters, Cameron reflected on how Pandora came to be. He remarked that Disney were keen to get his creative input despite a fair degree of skepticism on his part.
"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."
Giving credit where credit is due, Cameron can have no complaints with what the studio have produced.
"They played through, and they delivered on every promise and beyond."
Let us hope the same can be said for Avatar 2.