The 13-year wait for a follow-up to Avatar, the biggest-grossing film of all time, cannot come too soon for cinemas around the world still struggling from the impact of the Covid pandemic.
The public will get to see James Cameron’s three-hour opus next week, with the director hoping it will justify his dream of establishing a franchise on a par with Star Wars and the Marvel juggernaut.
The legendary filmmaker admitted to having some nerves ahead of the premiere.
“I’ve always been nervous every time before we put a movie out into the marketplace and this is a particularly fraught time because, after the pandemic, the market has contracted somewhat,” he told the BBC from the red carpet.
But Cameron added he was confident that the sequel to his 2009 blockbuster delivers.
“The film is a good ride. It’s a good experience. It’s powerful. It’s emotional. People are crying, they’re weeping their eyes out, coming out of the theater in a good way.”
Having been re-released around the world in recent months, the first Avatar is now just shy of $3 billion in worldwide revenue.
But Cameron’s initial hopes of having a sequel out by 2014 saw repeated delays as his technical ambitions grew.