‘Avatar’ Expanding To Slot Machines & Beyond As Cirque du Soleil Show Hits L.A. & Four Sequels Loom
November 3rd, 2016 by lschwieterman
Now, as Cameron announced at CinemaCon in April, there are four sequels in the pipeline scheduled for release starting in December 2018 with Avatar 2 and ending in 2023 when the fourth sequel is set to be released by 20th Century Fox. With nearly 10 years between the first and second films, how do you keep the Avatar fever alive in a business that loves moving on to the next big thing?
Cameron and his fellow Oscar-winning Titanic and Avatar producer Jon Landau had an answer to that and hooked up with Cirque du Soleil for the touring show Toruk: The First Flight, a multimedia live stage spectacle featuring 40 projectors alone, and set thousands of years before the events depicted in the original film. It is billed as being “inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar.” The show has been touring North America this year, building to its Southern California debut tonight, beginning in Ontario followed by L.A.’s Staples Center and later at the Forum in Inglewood. I recently ventured out to the Manhattan Beach studios where the new films are in various stages of production and talked to Landau not only about their progress but also the unique plan he and Cameron have for keeping the franchise on the front burner, from Cirque du Soleil to slot machines to worldwide traveling exhibitions, before the real deal hits theaters again in two years.