12 big questions facing the world of entertainment right now
Marvel movies, 'Avatar,' 'Star Wars,' the Emmys, and more
Will James Cameron really make three back-to-back "Avatar" sequels, and if so, do you think Hollywood at large will give Sam Worthington another chance?
Cameron's got three different writers working on three different sequels at the same time, with the plan at the moment being for him to shoot the films as one big 20-month production push. One of the things I've learned over the years is that only an idiot would bet against James Cameron. How many times now has he made "the most expensive film of all time," attracting tons of bad press along the way, only to end up with a massive success once the film finally comes out? Not everyone is wired for these gigantic mega-shoots that last a year or more, and I've seen even really talented directors who looked like they were ready to drop dead by the end of two films in a row. If anyone besides Peter Jackson is ready to face the challenge of three trips to Pandora, it's Cameron.
The Worthington issue is a very different one. While he's a vital part of the "Avatar" series, he has yet to really prove himself capable of opening or carrying anything else, and it feels like his interest in Hollywood is about the same as their interest in him. The best thing that Worthington could do would be take the massive paychecks that these sequels will represent and make sure he never takes a role he is less than 100% interested in again for the rest of his life. There could well be a role out there that will change the way people think of him, but until he finds it, he shouldn't be in any hurry.