Over the past couple of days, there have been rumors saying that actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, who play the lead characters Jake Sully and Neytiri, respectively, in “Avatar,” are asking from Director James Cameron a pay increase for them to do the next four sequels of the most successful movie of all time in the box-office.
While it would be okay for the two lead actors to ask for an increase in pay, but doing it on the director of the film or films and not on the producers simply makes the rumors downright illogical, if not absurd.
Like the actors, James Cameron is also getting paid by the producers to do his work and it would not be his call to give a pay increase to the stars or production staff of “Avatar 2” or the three other sequels of the franchise.
But producers 20th Century Fox do not need any convincing or asking to do just that. It seems likely that even before they give their green light to the four sequels of “Avatar,” they have already assured all the people involved will get their due share of the success of the first movie in the form of a pay increase or an incentive or whatever else they can think of.
Otherwise, stars and production staff would not be returning with much gusto to do the movie or movies if they see that the producers have earned money and they do not get to enjoy some form of incentives in the process.
Causing the delay in filming?
According to the rumors, the request for pay increases of Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana is causing the delay in the filming of the movie, which is again inaccurate because shooting for the movie will not start until early next year.
The speculations even went on to say that the two lead stars of the “Avatar” lead franchise are planning to sue the producers if their request will not be granted, reports Game & Guide.
Apart from inaccurate, it seems that those reports are sensationalism at its best since Worthington and Saldana simply cannot sue the producers over salary when they have yet to deliver their acting services to a particular film project.
Initially, there were reports saying that it is the flirting of the two that has been keeping the filming on hold, which is again untrue.
It seems that some rumor-mongers and sites are trying to make sensational issues out of “Avatar 2” just to attract readers even if their reports are inaccurate and baseless.
A family saga
James Cameron recently said in an interview that the “Avatar” sequels shall follow the story of Jake, Neytiri, and their children, reports the Christian Times.
The critically-acclaimed director said that the succeeding films will be more of a family saga than the struggles of the Na’vi tribe against the humans.
Cameron made the disclosure during the Cirque du Soleil “Avatar” prequel titled “Toruk” a few months ago.
The sequel to the most successful film of all time, “Avatar 2,” was previously reported to come out in December 2017. However a few months ago, it was announced that the release date was pushed back to December 2018. Three films will follow thereafter with a playdate of December 2020, December 2022, and December 2023.
The main reason back then for the push-back of “Avatar 2” from December 2017 to December 2018 is because James Cameron does not want the film to go head to head with “Star Wars Episode 8” which shall come out in theaters in December 2017.
However, there are now reports coming out saying that James Cameron has confirmed that December 2018 is just the target premiere date of “Avatar 2” and could still be moved if they needed to.