James Cameron: Avatar 2 Is Now Delayed Until 2017
The highly anticipated sequel to Avatar has been delayed until late 2017, according to director James Cameron. The film was originally scheduled to come out on Christmas 2016, but Cameron realized while shooting on location in New Zealand that the technical scope of the world he created in the first film means that the short turnaround time was too ambitious:
"There's a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don't get when you're making a stand-alone film. We're writing three simultaneously. And we've done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We're not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we're doing all the design. So we've designed all the creatures and the environments."
This doesn't necessarily signify that the film is in any sort of "trouble," especially considering that the first Avatar took twelve years to make. Granted, Cameron has more resources and more advanced technology now, but it still makes perfect sense that a movie that's almost entirely CGI would take a while to get right. And hopefully, now that they're allowing themselves more time to perfect the sequels, they'll be able to smooth out the wrinkles of that pesky "noble savage" issue.
Avatar 2 is intended to be the second of four films, and will reportedly expand the universe created in the first film while focusing on Jake Sully's family. Stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are confirmed to return, as well as Sigourney Weaver (somehow).