It’s been close to nine years since audiences were introduced to the world of Pandora in Avatar, and the first of four sequels is still over two years away. Why is it taking so long for James Cameron to follow up the biggest film of all time?A CGI-laden sci-fi epic that soon became the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar was considered a game-changer at the time, one that lay the foundations for the special effects heavy franchise blockbusters of today.
Quickly after that flush of success - with a whopping $2.788bn in the bank - Cameron and Fox announced two sequels to the movie. Hardly surprising given Cameron had been talking about plans to make the film a franchise if the first one was successful enough all the way back in 2006.
That sequel number soon expanded to four but filming on the projects themselves was slow to happen. Shooting days were set, then delayed shortly after repeatedly.