Kate Winslet agrees to Avatar sequels, which aren’t coming for years anyway

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I never saw Avatar, does that make me a bad person? What if I said I never saw it because I never wanted to? So, it remains to be seen if I will catch any of the four Avatar sequels planned, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. Especially because the first sequel doesn’t arrive until 2020. One person that will catch the sequel is Kate Winslet who it was just announced will be playing the role of Ronal, whoever that is. Of course, outlets are all a-titter because this pairs Kate with her Titanic director James Cameron and that went over so well the first time, surely lightening will strike twice, right? Never mind that there isn’t anything remotely similar about the two movies – it’s Winslet and Cameron together again! And according to Cameron, they are super stoked to work together again! Mm’kay.

Kate Winslet and James Cameron have a little history. Two decades ago she starred in his global juggernaut Titanic, which was the top-grossing film of all time until Cameron’s Avatar came along in 2009. Now the two are reuniting for the first time since the Big Boat sailed — Winslet has signed on for a starring role in the ongoing Avatar adventure at Fox.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

Production for all four planned Avatar sequels officially began on September 25 in Manhattan Beach, CA. The first film will be released on December 18, 2020. The second sequel will open on December 17, 2021, followed by Avatar 4 in December 20, 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025.

[From Deadline]

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years,”
is that so? Because 20 years ago, Kate told the LA Times, “I would only work for Jim Cameron again for a lot of money,” in large part because Cameron was such a colossal horse’s @ss on the set of Titanic. He reportedly liked to practically drown his cast and when they they’d get their heads back above water, he’d scream at them. He also assigned cute nicknames for some. As for Kate, who was bullied her whole life for her weight, self-proclaimed women’s champion Cameron called her Kate Weighs-A-Lot. Cameron’s response to Kate’s comments? She was, “just letting off a little steam,” because her career was riding on carrying Titanic. Hmm, that might be part of it but let’s not discount the “Cameron’s a horse’s @ss” part. Later, when Kate commented on how the movie’s signatures (the song, the bow of the boat pose, the sinking) followed her everywhere, Cameron suggested, “it’s been 16 years, like, come on, Kate. Get over it.” She wasn’t even criticizing the movie, she just doesn’t want people singing My Heart Will Go On every time she walks in a room.

However, just five years ago, Kate did change her tune. When the 3D version of Titanic was released in 2012, Kate was asked about Cameron’s behavior and she softened her answer to include the caveat, “Yes, he lost his temper, but he only ever lost his temper for really, really good reasons.” I think it’s all true. I think Titanic was stressful because of its size and the conditions, I think Cameron was wretched on set and thought everyone should just thank him for being a part of his movie and I think he offered Kate a ton of money to work on the Avatar sequel. I know Avatar was popular and I’m sure it was a good film. But honestly, the only way I am going to get excited about its sequel is if they hire Leonardo DiCaprio to play a character named Papyrus.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Yawn. They both suck. Cameron is an @$$ to everyone especially women and Kate loves defending pedophiles. Add in Zoe who loves blackface and you will never get me to pay to watch these movies. Didn’t see the first in theaters anyways. Saw it years later on hbo.
    Also who tf asked for FOUR sequels

    • Enough Already says:

      An afro-latina cosmetically darkening her skin for a role is questionable, artistically, but it is not blackface. Blackface is and has been used by non-poc to degrade, shame and mock.

      • Nicole says:

        Um it was artistic blackface. There was a million think pieces on it. Doesn’t matter if it was good intentions. It was blackface.

      • Laika says:

        POC use blackface all the time to degrade, shame, and mock. Y’all should see the shit that goes down in Asia.

    • courtney says:

      PREACH!

  2. Enough Already says:

    I would be much happier if Winslet agreed to be in a sequel to Hurt Locker :/

  3. skyblue says:

    I’ve never watched Avatar either.

    • Faye says:

      Have you seen Pocahontas? If so, you’ve seen Avatar. It’s just an expensive ego remake of Pocahontas. Pocahontas with aliens, as it were.

  4. Yellowrocket says:

    This is the POS who praised working with paedophile polanski, I’m sure James Cameron doesn’t seem half as bad after that.

    You’re still cancelled kate, even if your next film isn’t until 2020

  5. ArchieGoodwin says:

    I suffered through Avatar, and never again, and I love Sigourney Weaver. But even she could not save that movie for me. So boring. So long. So anti climatic. So predictable.

    Blah blah blah

  6. Squiggisbig says:

    Avatar was basically the plot of Pocahontas with cgi. Not worth a sequel. Hopefully it will flop and the both of them will slowly fade into the background.

  7. D says:

    I saw Avatar again recently and I really don’t think it stood the test of time, I watched it and thought “Did I actually like this? What was I thinking, it’s not good at all”. Does anyone (other than Cameron) even want sequels?

    • Missy Lynne says:

      Disney does. They just spent about $500 Million to construct Pandora in the Animal Kingdom park.

  8. Astrid says:

    I was enthralled with Avatar when it first came out, the scenery was breathtaking, especially on the new Blu-ray players, sort of like the Matrix was to the newly released DVD players, at the time. I don’t think I’ll see a sequel of the movie, it would ruin the first experience and just no to Kate in an Avatar movie

  9. Rae says:

    I enjoyed Avatar, it was a major cinematic event at the time. However, 3D is now so very common, so they’ll need to find something different to set themselves apart.

    The story was basically Fern Gully, but it was pretty film to watch. Not sure there is much desire for the sequels??

  10. Bridget says:

    Cameron has consistently been an a-hole his entire career. It’s not because he’s under pressure it’s because he’s a terrible person. Kate is going to earn every penny.

  11. abby says:

    There is nothing special about Avatar.
    People were all agog over the special effects. 3D and Imax was still a novelty. That’s where the apparent magic is for the film.
    Watch it on regular TV and it’s a nothingburger.
    No one wants a sequel let alone more than one.

  12. Neva_D says:

    I didn’t see what the fuss was about over Avatar. I saw it and it was…fine. It was nice to look at and it provided entertainment, but other than that it didn’t make an impression on me either way, good or bad. I wish I would have checked how long it was before I had gone in the theater, though. I bought a water bottle and drank it rather quickly, and spent the next 2 hours with my legs clenched thinking “surely it’ll be over soon.”

  13. Laika says:

    The best part of Avatar was the Honest Trailer, which accurately called out that white savior bullshit they were trying to hide behind big blue aliens.

  14. I Choose Me says:

    You’re not missing out Hecate. Other than the visuals, it’s a boring ass film with a cliched plot and tropes.