Disney is embracing two major franchises in its US theme parks — and on an investor call Tuesday, the company CEO announced when each land would open.
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Though we're still a few years away from seeing James Cameron's Avatar back on the big screen, 2017 will start to ease the franchise back into popular culture. Most significantly, Pandora: The World of Avatar will be opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. A new video takes fans behind the scenes.
Do you remember Avatar? It was released seven years ago as the single biggest movie of 2009. But unlike other sci-fi blockbusters with broad family appeal, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone today begging for a sequel, let alone clamouring for theme park rides based on the film. But that's just what we're going to get next winter at Walt Disney World. The company announced that Avatar Land will open at Disney's Animal Kingdom park during the winter of 2017. And the fact that it's opening long after anyone cares about Avatar shows precisely why it's so hard to keep Disney's Epcot theme park "futuristic".
Disney and James Cameron are still trying to convince the world that Avatar remains a thing. And who knows, they might be right... eventually. Seven years after the film debuted, and right in the midst of four planned sequels, the Mouse has revealed that Pandora — The World of Avatar is opening in winter 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The better part of a decade has passed since audiences last visited the world of James Cameron's Avatar. Now, with a new set of films coming, the franchise has slowly begun to return to the mainstream. There's a Cirque du Soleil show touring, a Disney theme park coming soon and they have just announced an interactive museum exhibition.
Pop culture is a never-ending source of wonder and amazement. We're seeing some really top-notch, innovative writing across every medium right now. But there's also a lot of tired, warmed-over stuff, that feels copy-pasted from script to script. Here are 20 screenwriting moves we'd be happy never to see again.