In a recent interview with The Star, director James Cameron gave an update on the future of the Avatar franchise. He stated that there are four sequels in development and that they will be delayed from the initial Christmas 2018 release date. Check out what he had to say below.
According to a report from The Wrap, James Cameron told the Star that the first of four Avatar sequels is going to be delayed from the December 2018 release date. For those of you who might have been following the production of the Avatar films, yes there are going to be four more movies. Originally Avatar 2 was set to come out Christmas 2016, but got delayed because Cameron expanded his story to four films and wanted to have the entire arc written before he started filming. As recently as September Cameron had the sequels planned for release in December of 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. Despite another delay, Cameron is still optimistic. Here’s what he told The Star:
“Well, 2018 is not happening,” Cameron told The Star. “We haven’t announced a firm release date. 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,” added Cameron about the next eight years. “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.”