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While I would agree with most of what you've said, the popularity of the Disney rides may show there is still interest in the world. But that could just be a really cool ride is going to be popular, regardless of what it is.I'm not surprised they are making it, because it made a lot of money. Lot of people in hollywood will see that money and only the potential of matching it. That's the Producer viewpoint.
I'm also not surprised that a lot of the public is like "Why." The film did great largely on the back of the new 3D tech. That novelty has passed. The story and characters tend to be completely glossed over and the plot reduced to "Space Ferngully." It didnt birth a large dedicated Fandom that love it or a retail empire of toys and merch. As a Media IP it's been deader than G.I.Joe for years and years now. That's the general public viewpoint.
Could the sequels be awesome? Sure. They've certainly had the time to make a cracking script and write characters people love. Did they do that? Shrug. Will people care enough even to give them a shot?
-ZacWilliam, James Cameron made films I loved a lot of years ago. Do I care if these ones ever come out and I ever see them? Not even a little bit.