With Avatar 2, James Cameron is attempting to make a major budget film. What's an additional $5 million here or there?

With Avatar 2, James Cameron is attempting to make a major budget film. What's an additional $5 mill ...

Some filmmakers have trouble obtaining the appropriate funding to bring their cinematic vision to life, and then there are those who have no difficulty accessing funds. As evidenced by his involvement in the 1997 film Titanic, followed by the roughly $237 million he spent on Avatar. Cameron has admitted that he is willing to add an extra $5 million here and there when the situation calls for it.

James Cameron was asked about the secret to his success during an interview with The Times (opens in new tab), and the filmmaker stated that he doesn't allow money to be a problem when it comes to delivering the finest film possible.

I am not sure. I do not make any decisions on film ideas. That will be worth an additional $5 million. You simply follow your nose as a storyteller you cant deconstruct the gross.

When you spend an extra $5 million on a film, the studio does not bat an eye. For a small feature like Avatar: The Way of Water, thats just a tiny fraction of the necessary resources to put the final product together. However, with Avatar retaking its title as the highest-grossing film of all time, it makes sense why Disney/20th Century Studios would happily add $5 million to the production budget for the sequel.

The four Avatar sequels' collective budget in 2020 was estimated to be $1 billion, corresponding to around $250 million, although it's not quite at the level of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the latter three Avengers films, so I wouldn't be surprised if that amount has increased over the previous two years.

Avatar: The Way of Water follows the events of Avatar, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldanas Neytiri, and their children, as well as Sigourney Weaver, who plays Jake and Neytiri's daughters, CCH Pounder, Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Yeoh, and Vin Diesel.

With our cinematic entertainment schedule for 2023, Avatar: The Way of Water opens on December 16, and the following three sequels are scheduled for December 20, 2024, December 18, 2026, and December 22, 2028.