Hold on to your hats, prepare to be stunned, anticipate the surprise, and any other term you want to use, because this one will knock your socks off; Avatar 2 will not meet it’s mooted 2018 release.
The long-awaited sequel was originally scheduled for a December 2018 release, however director James Cameron has now revealed to The Star that the planned schedule of filming Avatars 2, 3, 4 and 5 means that even getting the second one out will take time. A lot of time.
“Well, 2018 is not happening. 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. 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.”
The first film was released in December 2010, taking $2.78 billion at the box office – still the highest-grossing movie to this day.