Imagine being told in 1998 that one day there would be tall, skinny blue aliens in Animal Kingdom.It's easy to overlook because Avatar was a horrible movie and the only reason DisneyCo pounced on it was because JK Rowling shut down their plans for haphazardly tossing Harry Potter into the Magic Kingdom.
They needed a quick and popular cash cow to compete with the boy wizard, and James Cameron was like "Hey, I've got this franchise I'm starting! The first movie made TWO BILLION DOLLARS! We can work together!"
And then this happened:
Whoopsies. Counting chickens before they hatch.