Avatar fans around the globe, prepare to have some ambivalent thoughts about your favorite franchise. James Cameron has just revealed that one of the most anticipated sequels in cinema history “Avatar 2” won’t hit big screens in 2018 after all.
The sequel to the 2009 blockbuster “Avatar” was initially planned for a 2016 Christmas release before it was delayed for Christmas 2017, but then in January 2016, 20th Century Fox announced that “Avatar 2” was likely to be pushed to Christmas 2018.
Now, Cameron talked to the Toronto Star and admitted that the 1st of 4 planned Avatar sequels won’t be hitting cinemas next year.
“Well, 2018 is not happening,” the director admitted. “We haven’t announced a firm release date.”
We’re Not Making Avatar 2, We’re Making Avatar 2, 3, 4 And 5
Yes, Avatar fans, don’t fret just yet as you are in for a HUGE treat! Namely, Cameron went on to explain that the project isn’t just Avatar 2, they are actually planning on making all four Avatar sequels simultaneously, and that’s why Avatar 2 production has been delayed.
“What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So, we’re not making Avatar 2, we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. 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.”
Cameron, also revealed his enthusiasm about the whole shebang and added that the production is pretty much going the way they want (aside from the delays, that is).
“We’re full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24-7,” said Cameron.
“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.”