On Thursday, director James Cameron made a surprise appearance at CinemaCon, the movie theater owners convention in Las Vegas, to announce that he was making four sequels to his 2009 mega-hit Avatar.
Cameron also announced that the films would open over the Christmas holiday in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023.
After Cameron's presentation, however, a quote purportedly from the filmmaker began to circulate on Twitter. And that quote made it seem like his rationale for making an Avatar quintilogy was more based out of…spite.
The idea that a snarky tweet drove Cameron to saturate the world with Avatar made some people very happy.
The tweet referenced in that supposed quote from Cameron does, in fact, exist, from writer Dana Schwartz.
But Cameron, alas, did not actually say he's making four Avatar movies because of Schwartz's tweet.
Instead, the quote was a joke created by Chris Scott, author of the satire site Reviews of Movies I Haven't Seen, which he tweeted directly at Schwartz.
"It was honestly just an inside joke," Scott told BuzzFeed News. "I did not think people would actually believe it."
Scott's joke was so convincing, however, even Schwartz's mom was apparently fooled.
But there you have it: James Cameron is making four Avatar movies, but not out of spite.
Adam B. Vary is a senior film reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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