Director, James Cameron, has officially delayed production on the long in process “Avatar” sequels, The next in line was originally meant to release next year but will now hit theaters Christmas 2017.
The fact that the movies were going to be delayed has been rumored for months considering Cameron hadn’t even submitted a shooting script to Fox. Cameron had originally planned to film “Avatars” 2, 3, and 4 in back to back succession. So, it is no surprise that the 3 films have been officially delayed.
Cameron told the Associated Press this week,
“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 standalone film. 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.”
Cameron also told Variety later,
“There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the Avatar universe,” he said. “We’ve had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, I believe in the stories I’m telling more and more. We’re not coming out of the block fast to capitalize on the last film.”
The original Avatar film was released in 2009 and remains one of the highest-grossing movie of all time, earning roughly $2.8 billion.