If you have been following the news surrounding Avatar 2, then you know that there hasn’t been much news to report. Last we heard, the follow-up to the highest-grossing movie of all time was scheduled to be released in December 2016.
But James Cameron has just revealed that things are taking a lot longer than he expected, and that’s mainly due to the challenging way he plans to produce the next three films in the Avatar franchise. As most of you know, he’s writing three sequels, and he intends to shoot the scripts simultaneously. This would allow him to release the films one year after the other, similar to what we are seeing with The Hunger Games franchise.
During a recent event to promote the film industry in New Zealand, James Cameron announced that he is going to push back the Avatar 2 release date to December 2017.
“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 stand-alone film. [My team and I are] writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. 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.”
He then admitted that he and his team were too ambitious with the film.
“We were probably a bit ambitious with [the film]. It took me six months to write the first and we’re writing three altogether.”
This means Avatar 2 will hit theaters eight years after the first film. And while it is the top grossing movie of all time, you have to wonder if people will lose interest.
What do you think? Still excited for the sequel?