According to the Associated Press, James Cameron dropped a little bomb while speaking at an industry event in New Zealand. The legendary filmmaker revealed that the first of three proposed new Avatar sequels would be pushed back a year, meaning we won’t get see Avatar 2 in 2016 as originally planned, but in 2017. That's a bit of a bummer for anyone looking forward to a return trip to Pandora.
Here’s what Cameron said:
“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.”
The Titanic director also added that the goal was to have all three scripts completed this month. Entertainment Weekly pointed out that Cameron already made the same promise back in April of last year on Reddit, saying that the scripts would be ready within six weeks. Make of that what you will. He also told the assembled press:
“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 added that he believed it was important that each sequel linked forward to the next movie, but that each film also has to offer some sort of resolution so that viewers wouldn’t be left hanging. Now, that we can get behind. There’s nothing worse than leaving viewers on those dastardly cliffhangers, and having to wait a year or more to see what the heck happens next.
All three Avatar sequels are set to film in New Zealand, just as the first Avatar was, with consecutive release dates now tentatively set for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Are you disappointed to have to wait yet another year for the next Avatar film?