James Cameron Delays 'Avatar 2' to Late 2017 for More Script Work
by Ethan Anderton
January 14, 2015
Last week, when 20th Century Fox revealed plans to release both Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed and Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Show on Earth in December of 2016, we wondered if that meant that James Cameron's long-gestating Avatar 2 would be pushed back. Now official word has come from The Associated Press (via Yahoo) from James Cameron himself that the first of three sequels will be pushed back an entire year to arrive late in 2017 (likely in December as the previous one was scheduled). The reason for the delay seems to be that additional work is needed on the script before production begins. More below!
If anything, we're happy that Cameron decided to delay the film as opposed to rushing into production without a complete script, something studios aren't beyond doing today for some reason. Cameron says:
"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. We're 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."
Cameron also mentioned that he wanted each film to be linked to the next one in a satisfying way, but also wanted there to be a satisfying resolution at the end of each as well. So now we won't get Avatar 2 until late in 2017, and more than likely Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 will arrive in the same window in 2018 and 2019, but it might be a small price to pay for movies that Cameron said would make you "shit yourself with your mouth wide open." Honestly, as someone who really isn't all that excited about the Avatar sequels, bringing back stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, along with Sigourney Weaver as a different character, I'm at least happy that Cameron is taking his time to get the stories right. Stay tuned.