James Cameron's sequel to the biggest Box Office movie of all time, "AVATAR," has been delayed again !
The plan for a few years now has seemed to be a trio of sequels to be released a year apart from each other. For a long time it seemed certain that the second film in the series was set to be releases next year in December 2016 but plans have changed. Cameron has announced that the first Avatar sequel will now be hitting theaters in December 2017, 8 years after the first film!
Cameron said the following:
"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."
An Avatar sequel was originally meant to be be released in 2014, then 2015, and then again to 2016 and everything seemed to be settled, but it looks like we're going to have to wait another year for this sci-fi sequel.
I was a big fan of the first Avatar (see trailer below), a visually breathtaking film that transported me to an incredibly versatile world. Of course it was lacking in the story department which I have come to realize in more viewings of the film but I still think James Cameron delivered an excellent piece of sci-fi, and for a few years I was excited to see a sequel. But in the past few years there has been a lot of contention towards Avatar, and the anticipation of a sequel has been gradually lowering each year.
Cameron coming out and saying that the delay is due to an issue of story is actually a comforting thing for me. The first film's story is basically "Dances With Wolves" in space, so them taking a lot more time to figure out the story tells me that they did realize their fault with the first film and now want to create an original story.
It seems to me that Cameron wants to create a story that will carry over all three sequels, making it feel like a connected series, and if so then that story is obviously going to be a lot more difficult to construct.
I am pleased with this news, as I want the best movie possible. If that takes another year then so be it. And also, my excitement for an Avatar sequel has gone, it's been too long since the first film for me to still have any excitement left.
What about you guys? Disappointed by the delay, excited about it, or don't even want a sequel?