James Cameron Confirms 'Avatar 2' Will Be Arriving Christmas 2017

December 22, 2015
Source: Montreal Gazette

James Cameron - Avatar

Oh boy. 2017 is shaping up to be a very big year between Episode VIII, Justice League, War for the Planet of the Apes. In December of 2017, they'll be pitting James Cameron's Avatar 2 against Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One adaptation. The next Star Wars movie is already confirmed for May of 2017, and now Cameron has confirmed that Avatar 2 is headed for release in December of 2017. It was initially reported in January that Cameron was delaying the release until 2017 giving them more time to work on the scripts and put plans together. This is going to be a brand new Avatar trilogy, with new ones coming every year.

Here's the latest quote from James Cameron in an interview with the Montreal Gazette (via ComingSoon):

"Christmas of '17 is the target," Cameron confirmed of the expected release of Avatar 2. "At least, that's what we've announced. But I don't consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story. We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It's been about a two-year task. (We've finished) all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we're really poised to start after the first of the year."

Bring on more Na'vi. This quote actually kind of sounds like he's describing Star Wars, with technical plans being important and the bigger "meta-narrative" concept. It's not surprising that Fox, which used to be the studio releasing Star Wars (now it's Disney), is trying to launch their own new massive sci-fi trilogy. And they're completely following the Star Wars blueprint with three "meta-narrative" movies, one right after another. I just hope the story is much more interesting than what we got with the first Avatar, but with all the extra time they've had to work, I'm honestly not that worried. We'll know soon enough. In the meantime, we'll keep watching for more updates and details as we begin the two year countdown until Avatar 2 arrives.

Find more posts: Movie News, Release Dates

Discover more around the web:

Reader Feedback - 24 Comments


For a second I thought they (both studios) were stupid enough to go head to head with Episode VIII on Christmas...

Ege Sönmez on Dec 22, 2015


Avatar is the best 3D expirence to date and James Cameron always delivers. It's a movie genius...

ari smulders on Dec 22, 2015


For me Mad Max: Fury Road & The Force Awakens were the best 3D experiences to date. This coming from someone who hates 3D in my cinema.

Joker's hideout on Dec 22, 2015


i realy disagree but that's oke!

ari smulders on Dec 22, 2015


Overrated mediocre movie that happened to look incredible.. and yes the 3D was effective. Ari, go back to your old avatar picture dude, that fit you way better than this new one.

Tester on Dec 23, 2015


Haha that's honest!Its my djee picture... I will replace it for a new one... Í like honesty...

ari smulders on Dec 23, 2015


Cool. Also, nice work on the MJ remix !!

Tester on Dec 23, 2015


Thank you tester!

ari smulders on Dec 23, 2015


Best 3D with the worst story line.! Avatar is so predictable it's not even funny! one of the worst movies I ever seen.! on Dec 29, 2015


yup you are right and 500 miljon are not! :))))))

ari smulders on Dec 30, 2015


Still the best 3D I've ever seen (as far as the quality). Then I watched it once on a TV and realized that everything else about it sucks so bad.

bumboclot on Dec 30, 2015


Yes everybody was overwhelmed by the 3D images from avatar. If you watch it in 2D it's indeed not so good!

ari smulders on Dec 31, 2015



Higgens on Dec 22, 2015


Cameron v Spielberg

Joker's hideout on Dec 22, 2015


Is it too early to start wondering who Cameron has in mind to take over from James Horner, if anyone yet? Who would you pick?

Krishna Shenoi on Dec 22, 2015


Steve Jablowski. He did amazing work on the Transformers movies, and he was part of the 'studio' Horner ran.

VAharleywitch on Dec 24, 2015


Nope. He was (and still is) part of the Hans Zimmer's camp. Don't even be saying his name in the same sentence as Horner.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Dec 28, 2015


I will see it just for the awesome underwater photography that I hope is still there. The spectacle of "the sequel to the biggest grossest film" is kind of intriguing to me. I know a lot of people were turned off by AVATAR's mediocrity, but that first time was pretty cool.

DAVIDPD on Dec 22, 2015


Exactly. I got what I expected from Avatar - visual awesomeness. Just like I do with every Michael Bay movie. I'm going into Avatar 2-4 with the same expectation.

VAharleywitch on Dec 24, 2015


No excitement or anticipation for this. What has happened to Cameron? Surrounded by Yes men and deluded that his generically bland tale with uninvolving characters, pretty visuals and a tedious gimmick was something that needs to be repeated in triplicate.

Payne by name on Dec 23, 2015


God, so glad someone else see's this for what it is or was. Avatar was so bland, I think i played the BR once and turned it off midway. Aside from the oh so cool 3D back than it was just...generic. Kinda reminds me of the new SW man. Bland and boring.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Dec 28, 2015


Hey, Cameron, go back to the toll booth.

capitandelespacio on Dec 24, 2015


The Hurt Locker 2 right after.!! lol.. I had enough with first Avatar.! No excitement at all. I Think I will Pass on this one! on Dec 29, 2015


Good idea letting that first film grow in stature over all these years, like 2001 and Citizen Kane! Now in 2016, everybody is just dying to see Avatar 2... right? Wait I was thinking of Independence Day.

bumboclot on Dec 30, 2015

Sorry, new comments are no longer allowed.




Alex's Top 10 - 2020
1. Nine Days
2. Berlin Alexanderplatz
3. Pixar's Soul
4. Pieces of a Woman
5. Feels Good Man
6. Another Round
7. The Truffle Hunters
8. Sound of Metal
9. Lovers Rock
10. Nomadland
Click Here for Thoughts

Adam's Top 10 - 2020
1. Spontaneous
2. Promising Y. Woman
3. Nomadland
4. The Vast of Night
5. Blow the Man Down
6. The Invisible Man
7. Minari
8. Possessor
9. Feels Good Man
10. Color Out of Space
Click Here for Thoughts


Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the latest posts only, follow this acct:

Add to your Feedly list: click here