Avatar 2 Postponed Again, Won’t Come out in 2018

Another year, another Avatar postponement. James Cameron says the long-gestating sequel to his science-fiction epic will not be released next year.

Earlier this year, film company Fox listed an untitled movie from James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment for December 2018, suggesting that the first of the Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, could be released then. However, that does not appear to be the case. Speaking with the Toronto Star (via EW), Cameron revealed that the sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide will no longer be released Christmas 2018.

“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.”

Cameron added: “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.”

Also in the interview, Cameron said you shouldn’t expect Avatar 2 to have an Atlantis theme. This came up because Cameron is working on the new documentary Atlantis Rising, in which he and Simcha Jacobovici try to find the lost city.

“Probably not,” Cameron said about the next Avatar having “echoes” of Atlantis. “The Avatar films are very specific about certain themes. In a very broad sense if you stand way back, Avatar is about human hubris and how we use up the resources of our world and try to take it over. The Avatar films are about our sense that we can dominate nature, when we should really learn to be a part of nature. Or we simply won’t survive. So there are thematic connections.”

James Cameron revealed in January that all of the Avatar sequel scripts are finished, with the directing revealing that motion capture work will begin in August. The director brought on a number of writers to help him co-write these Avatar sequel scripts, such as Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno and the writing team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. No story details have been given at this time, but original Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang are all expected to return. If filming does in fact start this summer, then perhaps we’ll start hearing about new cast members coming aboard soon.

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