If James Cameron's Avatar left you wanting more of the incredible awe-inspiring world of Pandora, then luck is not on your side.
Unfortunately, while speaking with The Toronto Star, Cameron recently revealed that the awaited sequel of his 2009 box-office smash has been delayed and will not be ready for a Christmas 2018 release as originally planned.
When asked about the upcoming sequel, the Oscar-winning director said:
"Well, 2018 is not happening."
This will certainly affect the release of the franchise's other planned sequels as well.
Avatar 2 would've been followed by Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022 and Avatar 5 in 2023. Since all four movies will be filmed simultaneously, it's likely that Avatar 2's delay will affect the entire franchise for years to come.
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 as ambitious as it is risky, but Cameron is dedicated to creating future installments of the franchise that further expand the world and live up the bar set by the original. He explained that the Avatar franchise will helm the next eight years of his career. A length like this not unreasonable though, considering the movie is almost 100 percent CGI.
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.
What Does This Mean For James Cameron's Other Projects?
In addition to the Avatar franchise, back in January Deadline announced that Cameron will be producing a new Terminator movie with Deadpool's Tim Miller as director.
Reportedly, Cameron will regain the rights of Terminator in 2019 and the movie will be the epic conclusion many fans have been waiting for. With Avatar 2's delay, its probable we won't see the Terminator film any time soon in the coming years. At least not with Cameron's name attached.
Pandora is a world many movies fans are dying to visit once more, and we hope the final product is worth the wait.
When do you think we'll see Pandora again? Let us know in the comments below!
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[Source: Variety, The Toronto Star, Deadline]