Last year, it was announced that “Avatar” director James Cameron pushed back the release date of his Avatar sequel aka “Avatar 2” to the end of 2017, just in time for Christmas. It was originally slated for release in December this year.
But now, it looks like the Christmas 2017 date isn’t going to happen either. Oh bummer 🙁
According The Wrap, “Avatar 2”, the first of 3 sequels to director James Cameron‘s 2009 3D sci-fi blockbuster, will not be ready in time for its planned Christmas 2017 release via 20th Century Fox. On top of that, the studio has set no new dates for the 3 sequels (the later sequels were supposed to be released in the same holiday corridor in 2018 and 2019 respectively).
To be fair, 20th Century Fox never officially confirmed the Christmas 2017 although James Cameron strongly hinted that it would be ready.
In fact, James Cameron was initially pretty confident about his timelines, pushing all 3 sequels go into production simultaneously and co-writing the scripts with 4 other screenwriters. Cameron also revealed that “Avatar 2” is expected to pick up where the original left off, though much of it may be set on a moon of the planet Pandora and underwater. Soundstage construction and some computer animation work is in the early stages, but a start date for filming has not been set.
So much uncertainty and there could be only 2 reasons as to why this sounds like it’s falling apart. First obvious one is the simple logic of the delay being caused by the underwater element, which is notoriously tricky and often expensive. Second one is quite a long shot but it could be because Disney shifted the release date for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” to 15th December 2017 and hence, potentially jeopardising any other movie release that would come within close proximity.
Dang. We’ll just have to wait for James Cameron or 20th Century Fox to update us on the situation.
Source: The Wrap.