'Avatar 2' Still Won't Come Out in 2018 Due to Delays

Friday, 10 March 2017 - 7:12PM
Friday, 10 March 2017 - 7:12PM
'Avatar 2' Still Won't Come Out in 2018 Due to Delays
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Avatar 2, the first of very many Avatar sequels, is no longer coming on Christmas 2018 as originally planned. Meaning there's a good chance the first film will be at least a decade old by the time the sequels start rolling out, and could be close to two decades when the final Avatar 5 hits theaters. Still, director James Cameron remains undeterred.

Speaking to the Toronto Star, Cameron answered very bluntly that "2018 is not happening" in regards to the movie's release date, before saying that there's no firm release date at this time. And with Avatar 2 delayed, the tentative release dates for Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022, and Avatar 5 in 2023 would also no longer be true, pushing back the fistful of unmade sequels even further (Cameron has at least already written all of them).

While we're not sure how many Avatar fans still exist, since a nearly eight-year-old film with no sequels is hardly a franchise, those Avatar fans can still enjoy themselves at the "Pandora: The World of Avatar" theme park that will be opening inside Disney World's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida on May 27, 2017. Cameron has been overseeing that as well, which could contribute in part to the delays.

And to be fair to Cameron, filming for the sequels won't begin until this summer. For many films, a year and a half of post-production after filming wraps is normal, but it may not be enough for a massive CGI work like Avatar. Combined with the fact that he wants to shoot all four sequels back-to-back (-to-back-to-back), a 2018 release date for Avatar 2 may actually have been pushing it.

Cameron insists he's still quite busy with the films, going on record as being "full tilt boogie" with the project:
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"So I know where I'm going to be for the next eight years of my life. It's not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we're making four. We're full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we'll be 24-7. We're pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets. It's pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we're going to draw that curtain when the time is right."
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Avatar 2 will possibly come out 2019 or 2020, depending on how full tilt boogie the production moves.

Via: Collider
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