I wouldn't bet against James Cameron.
15 years ago, "Titanic" was pushed to a December release date when Cameron couldn't deliver it for its original summer bow, and the press went wild: "Cameron is making the most expensive movie in history with two stars the American public has never heard of, and everyone knows how it ends. Who would go see that?" (The answer: Everyone.)
Similar worries plagued "Avatar" before its release, and we all know how that turned out.
Cameron is a very smart man, despite what you may think of his chops as a filmmaker -- surely he knows that he has to top himself with "Avatar 2," in more ways than one. He took the reins of "Alien" from Ridley Scott and delivered a very different, much broader film that upped the stakes; he also wrote a platoon full of colorful, memorable characters. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" was a revolutionary visual effects showcase, and it also turned the original's villain into the hero, and introduced a new villain that became a filmic icon in its own right.
There is little reason to think that "Avatar 2" will simply retread the original. Cameron never does anything small, and mounting two sequels to the biggest movie of all time -- and designing theme park attractions based on those movies -- certainly isn't a small task. I realize many MiceChat frequenters have lost faith in WDI, but the thought of Imagineers working with someone who has the drive and technical ingenuity of a James Cameron is very exciting indeed. Even if the "Avatar" attractions aren't your cup of tea, the new techniques and equipment that will be invented for those attractions will have a ripple effect throughout WDI for years to come.
I can't wait to ride these attractions, whatever they are.
Well said. As a betting man, I would not bet against James Cameron.