It's an eternal struggle in any storytelling medium to be both accessible for newcomers and fulfilling enough for those who have been around from the very beginning. This is especially true for huge epics that are set to span multiple films or even multiple franchises. Next year, after a solid decade-plus of waiting, audiences will finally be able to see the sequel to Avatar … but what will the bar of entry be for this?
Will audiences be required to be intimately familiar with that first movie or will director James Cameron allow Avatar 2 to a movie that requires little to no knowledge to jump into? Collider recently spoke with producer Jon Landau about that very thing. Here's what the producer had to say:
“Every movie is a standalone movie that we would wanna go see. You need to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2 . It sits there and we are going to take people on a visual and emotional journey that comes to its own conclusion. Okay, step back. Is that a movie we would like to make just as a standalone story? Yes. Now we do the same thing on Movie 3, Movie 4, and Movie 5. What we have the luxury of Avatar is the world of Pandora. We are not going to be new ground. ”
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This is quite interesting to me. While I was fully expecting Avatar 2 to be accessible on his own, I was expecting each movie to be a complete standalone experience. From day one, it seemed like James Cameron had a big epic story in mind, so you could not know ANYTHING from the previous movies is unique… and kind of refreshing.
In a world where we have a web of films interconnected in various ways, to be able to follow each film in a franchise in a standalone capacity is kind of nice and harkens back to movies like Indiana Jones, which I'm all for.
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