Producer Jon Landau Again Says That 'Avatar' Sequel is Years Away

April 4, 2012


With the return of Titanic in 3D hitting plenty of theaters today, producer Jon Landau has been busy making the press rounds with director James Cameron and talking about the re-release of their Best Picture winner. However, some of our colleagues couldn't help but ask about the follow-up to one of their other blockbuster films, the box office smashing Avatar for which a sequel has been gestating for a couple years. Last time Landau talked about the sequel he said it was still about four years away, but this time, when he spoke to Empire, he was a little more optimistic. However, a return to Pandora is still a few years away.

Landau respectfully told Empire:

"We're not naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It's about getting it right. Movies make release dates; release dates don't make movies."

And while it's always good to hear that they're not rushing production just to please studios who obviously want another billion and change from the planned trilogy, that doesn't mean production hasn't started yet. Landau reassures everyone, "We've started already. WETA are already working and we have our core team, [animation supervisor] Richie Baneham and [digital effects supervisor] Nolan Murtha, working with us. And we're working on underwater performance-capture."Yes, that means the underwater story that's been rumored seems to be true, but Landau says, "It's going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie. It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to." Hope that's enough of a tease for fans eager for a sequel. Stay tuned for a few years as the film moves like a glacier.

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I'm skeptical it will ever happen. We'll see. 

Quanah on Apr 4, 2012


You're crazy if you don't think it will happen.  Cameron just spent years building a submersible vehicle so he could explore the Marianna Trench in preparation for creating the under water world on Pandora.  The first film is the highest grossing film of all time and there's no way the studios are going to miss out on making another billion dollars as it says in the article.  I have never been so sure in my life that we would see a sequel to a film...

peloquin on Apr 4, 2012


Cameron has been going underwater for years, and he is known for changing his mind, and even moving on to other projects that excite him more in the moment. He's a director/producer. They're known to do that. We'll see. I'm not saying I wouldn't like to see it, but in the movie business it isn't happening until the cameras start rolling.  And I'm crazy? That's a little dramatic. We'll see...We'll see...

Quanah on Apr 4, 2012


I hope this! and a new chance for rising again "Alita:Battle Angel".

Ss Pincode on Apr 4, 2012


I'm with you. Bring on Battle Angel. But I also understand the "take your time James" comments. Either way is a win. I've just read many times over the years "Cameron Takes On Different Project." This may be no exception.

Quanah on Apr 5, 2012


I dont think their definition of "getting it right" matches mine, so they can take all the time they want. A lifetime for all I care.

Voice of Reason on Apr 4, 2012


I'm willing to forget about this and hibernate on it for a few yrs.  Something tells me that Cameron won't cut any corners. 

Solo_Calrissian on Apr 4, 2012


He'll do this in the more underwater fashion. He is so obsessed with water. (please 'curious cat', dont insult me like you did in other comments. Enough with the bullying!))

JediBilly on Apr 4, 2012



Xerxexx on Apr 4, 2012


As much as I really liked avatar, Fuk it. All this time wasted, he could have been filming Battle Angel!!!!!!!

REAL6 on Apr 4, 2012


Viva "Alita:Battle Angel"!

Ss Pincode on Apr 4, 2012


I'm happy to hear that! now we can hope for "Alita:Battle Angel".please Mr Cameron!

Ss Pincode on Apr 4, 2012


Thats a shame.

Parker on Apr 4, 2012


Movies make release dates; release dates don't make movies. That's a nice thought.

Robert L. Tuva on Apr 5, 2012


What a relief. Maybe by then 3D will have gone away.

Max Renn on Apr 6, 2012

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