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Worthington and Saldana on board for ‘Avatar’ trilogy of sequels

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avatar_2At first, when James Cameron talked about making (as in producing and directing) a bunch (!) of “Avatar” sequels, we all assumed the entire thing was either a joke, or the figment of a much too rich imagination, fueled and blinded by the incredible earnings of 2009’s triple Oscar-winning fantasy film.

Give it some time, we said, and he’ll reconsider, or just settle for the one follow-up, as he so brilliantly did in the early ‘90s with the “Terminator” franchise. After all, Cameron has been responsible for so many cinematic innovations and breakthroughs, it’d be pretty, well, dumb to fixate on a universe, story and concept that quite frankly looked played out halfway through the first “Avatar

But alas, the legendary auteur isn’t backing down, hiring about half a dozen different scribes for the upcoming trilogy and setting a nutty schedule with yearly December releases between 2016 and 2018. What’s worse is he apparently intends to focus all three movies on the same characters, as it’s just been confirmed Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are signed.

Not that I blame them for trying their best to milk the production that put them on the radar and, so far, is the one and only highlight of both their careers. For Pete’s sake, Saldana starred in a “Death at a Funeral” remake, and something called “Takers” opposite Chris Brown and T.I. since “Avatar,”- as well as the “Star Trek” films- whereas Worthington followed up the career-defining role with “Clash of the Titans”, “Wrath of the Titans” and “Drift”. Still, Cameron should know better.

Say, what do you think is more likely to happen… first: Will Cameron get bored of the “franchise” and move on with that 3D diving documentary so wickedly spoofed in South Park, or B. 20th Century Fox realize the third and fourth titles could basically bomb as hard as “47 Ronin”?

Or how about C. the projects will face setbacks and delays until, say, 2025, at which point the first “Avatar” will simply be remade, with even crazier visual and sound effects?

Via [Film Buff Online]

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