Avatar Sequels Budget Might Surpass the $1 Billion Mark
Posted 2017/09/26 0 0
The estimated collective budget for the four films is expected to exceed $1 billion.
James Cameron's ambitious sequels to his 2009 box office hit, "Avatar", which is the highest-grossing worldwide release of all time with over $2.7 billion, began production on Monday, according to Deadline. The four sequels reportedly have a combined budget of over $1 billion. After years of delays, the sequels are finally moving forward. Cameron is returning to direct all four films, with a plan currently in place to film Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back, followed up by Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 in the same fashion.
To be clear, $1 billion is almost certainly the low-end estimate for what filming four of these movies will cost. The original Avatar had an estimated budget of almost $240 million and $1 billion would see these four sequels average $250 million apiece. While there will certainly be some cost savings that comes with making all four movies together, some efforts that would have been done four times over on separate shoots may only need to be done once here, it's also been nearly a decade since the original Avatar was made and most costs have simply gone up since then. Zoe Saldana's salary demands have almost certainly increased in the last few years as she's a much bigger star now, and we don't know if she decided to give James Cameron a bulk discount.
While the exact release dates have not yet been confirmed outside of the first Avatar sequel, which arrives December 18, 2020, the next ones are expected sometime in 2021, 2024 and 2025 per Deadline, Cameron has said that he wants to space them out. "My original plan was to release them a year apart, but we’re opening that up," he told Famous Monsters of Filmland. "If for no other reason than that I don’t want to land on the same date as one of the Star Wars sequels. That wouldn’t be fair to them. [Laughs.] No, that’s just good business. I don’t want to go head-to-head with Star Wars. That would be stupid. And hopefully they won’t want to go head to head with us."