Last week, James Cameron announced that he was going to be making four Avatar sequels instead of five and you could hear everyone on the internet collectively roll their eyes. Not because everyone dislikes Avatar (I think the 2009 original is still a fine movie), but because Avatar 2 was originally supposed to come out in 2014 and be the next chapter in a trilogy. And then the pattern began: every few years, Avatar 2 gets delayed by another year or two and Cameron adds another planned film to the series. Only a fool would bet against someone as successful and wily as Mr. Cameron, but it’s been patently ridiculous to watch from afar as 2014 became 2018 and three films became five.
But maybe (maaaybe) he’s not jerking everyone’s chain this time around? After all, this announcement came with much fanfare and now he’s actually following up said announcement with additional press and interviews about the next movies. And since this is James Cameron, the lunatic/genius behind The Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic, he’s never not interesting.
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Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Remember back in 2010, when 20th Century Fox dated Avatar 2 for December 2014? That date has long since come and gone, and deep into 2016 we’re still waiting on this movie. But in the meantime, director James Cameron has added yet another sequel to to his Avatar-related to-do list. During its CinemaCon presentation today, 20th Century Fox announced we’ll be seeing four more Avatar movies between now and 2023. Read More »
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- James Cameron offers a non-update on Avatar 2.
- Laurence Fishburne talks about landing a role in John Wick: Chapter 2.
- Ewan McGregor says nice things about the Trainspotting sequel script.
- Jeepers Creepers 3 runs into a huge problem.
- Neighbors 2 reveals a new poster.
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For anyone who was excited to see James Cameron‘s long-gestating Avatar 2 take on Star Wars: Episode VIII for a Christmas box office battle royale, we have some bad news. Avatar 2 will not be ready to meet the Christmas 2017 release that was staked out for the sequel. Though the release date was never officially claimed by 20th Century Fox, Cameron himself said they were targeting the holiday release window just last month. But now we have no idea when the sequel might hit the big screen. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We knew there were rumors of a slight delay in the production of Star Wars: Episode 8, but we didn’t see this coming: Rian Johnson‘s sequel has bailed on its original May 26, 2017 release date and will now blast into theaters on December 15, 2017. This is huge news for a number of reasons, but let’s just get the big one out of the way first…
Unless one of them budges, Star Wars: Episode 8 will now directly confront James Cameron‘s Avatar 2 at the box office.
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It’s been six years since Avatar hit theaters in 2009, and we still won’t get the developing sequel until 2017. Ever since 20th Century Fox announced that there would be three sequels arriving in 2017, 2018 and 2019, many have assumed they would each arrive in December each year like the original film. Now director James Cameron confirms the Avatar 2 release date being eyed is Christmas 2017. Plus, the filmmaker also has an update on the status of production, which is gearing up to start shooting very early next year. Read More »
Avatar came out six years ago. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but that’s how long it’s been since director James Cameron‘s 3D fantasy film made almost $3 billion dollars. You can’t really dismiss a movie that made that much money as a fluke, but some wonder if the movie just hit at the right time. Is Pandora a world people really want to return to? Are audiences aching to go on three more adventures with Jake Scully (Sam Worthington)? The people who ask those questions are whom Cameron wants to prove wrong in 2017.
After the jump, read the director’s latest comments on the Avatar sequels.
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Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Lots of casting notices, plus fresh plot details and a new spin on an old score. After the jump:
- Gbenga Akinnagbe joins Independence Day 2
- Colman Domingo will Fear the Walking Dead
- Cristine Rose will return for Heroes Reborn
- Wyatt Russell is on board for Goon 2
- Fuller House will give Danny a hot new wife
- Open Season is getting yet another sequel
- Get more details on Netflix’s Wet Hot prequel
- Fox CEO addresses the delayed Avatar sequels
- Thomas Tull gets a chunk of Jurassic World money
- Listen to Michael Giacchino‘s Jurassic World score
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It goes without saying that James Cameron has a lot more story to tell in the universe first seen in Avatar. As it stands now, three sequel films are in development, and if all goes according to plan they will be released each year starting in 2017. However, according to one of Cameron’s frequent collaborators, there may be more.
James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of Titanic who also did Avatar and Aliens, said that Cameron currently has a script for a fourth sequel – let’s call it Avatar 5 – that he’s trying to condense back into the previously planned three sequels. Read more about the Avatar sequels below. Read More »