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Despite placing himself in some shitty movies, Sam Worthington has made a pretty strong career for himself, if by doing nothing more than picking movies that make boatloads at the box office. The Australian native found himself starring in the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar back in 2009, and since he’s on far more publicity tours for other films than James Cameron, he’s the one constantly being asked about the film’s proposed sequels.
At a recent press outing for his upcoming film, The Debt, Worthington was asked where the Avatar sequels stand and Collider has the answer.
Jim talked to me on my birthday. In regards to Avatar, he’s writing the bible, at the moment, which is a precursor to Avatar 1 and the whole world, basically. I think it’s just to get Jim’s mind back into the characters and back into the world. He’s told me where he wants to take Avatar 2 and 3, and it’s monumental. It’s just huge! But, you’d expect nothing less from him. He’s not going to start it until he’s 100%. I know they’re setting up shop down in Manhattan Beach, and when he says jump, I jump.
Not surprisingly, Worthington is ready to jump back into the mocap gear and start working with the legendary director again. The bible will hopefully not take Cameron too long to finish, but we know from experience that for him to reach “100%” can sometimes take ten years.
Worthington’s other blockbuster smash from recent years was Clash of the Titans, for which director Louis Letterier must have traded his soul for box office profits. The film is getting sequelized in the form of Wrath of the Titans from director Jonathan Liebesman, whose most recent outing Battle Los Angeles didn’t fare too well. But Worthington has great things to say about the film and director-- not a surprise from an actor paid to say nice things about his movie, but still maybe reason to hope it'll be the Clash of the Titans film that we should have gotten in the first place.
With Jim [Cameron], it comes down to Jim. Titans made a lot of money. A lot of people went and saw it. We’ve just got to make it right. I’ve just finished that. I loved it! I loved that experience. Clash 2 is so different. It was a different experience for me because I’d learned a lot from Clash 1, and I’d learned a lot from other movies. I can’t wait for that to come out. But, I’m not surprised at all.
I love that Worthington is careful to only say the film made a lot of money, not that people loved it. Because guess what, no one did.
Expect Worthington to continue getting pestered about the Avatar sequels right up until the films finally see the light of day, which may not be for quite some time. But with Wrath of the Titans due out in March 2012 and production just wrapping up, expect a lot more marketing to start coming our way very, very soon.