Despite Robert Downey Jr. and the rest of the Avengers gang making Marvel, Walt Disney Studios and a bunch of other guys more money than they could spend in two lifetimes over the past couple of years, James Cameron’s “Avatar” remains the most profitable movie in history.
The sci-fi/adventure flick grossed an incredible $760 million domestically and close to $2.8 billion worldwide, not to mention it also won three Oscars, being to some extent a critical hit as well as a box-office monster.
Of course, the idea of making a franchise out of what looked like a one-off concept at first didn’t take long to pop up in Cameron’s mind and so not one, but two sequels were announced back in 2010. But alas, the two movies are now still as far for completion as they were 36 months ago.
Which is not necessarily a bad thing, since all this time is likely spent on developing concepts as fresh as possible. Then again, it’s never a good idea to take half a decade or a full decade to follow up on a blockbuster, as moviegoers tend to have a very short attention span.
That said, “Avatar 2” appears to be slowly but surely coming together, with the latest word around the street being Cameron has hired Josh Friedman to help him with the script. As you probably know, the three-time Oscar winner has penned the first film solo, but this time around he wants an outside pair of eyes to look over what is undoubtedly already a drafted and numerous time redrafted screenplay.
Is Friedman the right man for the job? Perhaps. After all, he was the creator of the surprisingly original Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Fox series. But he also made a mess of adapting James Ellroy’s “The Black Dahlia” novel, plus he co-wrote the fairly shallow “War of the Worlds”.
Via [The Wrap]