James Cameron says '2018 is not happening' in regards to Avatar 2

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Apr 27, 2017, 1:57 PM EDT (Updated)

That first Avatar movie wasn't a fever dream, right?

It does exist?

And it made, like, literally all the money back in 2009?

It wasn't some neon-fueled, shared hallucination?

Well, regardless, it'll be a little longer until this world we vaguely remember existing comes back for Round 2.

In an interview with The Star, director James Cameron revealed that any hope of opening Avatar 2 in 2018 is gone, and it'll at least be another year until we see the follow-up to the mass hallucination that was the epic alien adventure on Pandora. Which means it'll be right at a decade between the first film and its eventual sequel(s).

The reason? Cameron is still planning to basically make four Avatar movies all at once — and it apparently takes a while to get that kind of operation off the ground. Here's an excerpt from Cameron’s comments:

"Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven't announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we're not making Avatar 2. We're making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It's an epic undertaking. It's not unlike building the Three Gorges dam. (Laughs) So I know where I'm going to be for the next eight years of my life. It's not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we're making four. We're full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we'll be 24-7. We're pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets. It's pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we're going to draw that curtain when the time is right."

Considering Avatar is one of the biggest films in movie history, it's obviously not a shock that Cameron is getting this much freedom and time to make the sequels as he sees fit. But you really have to wonder if there will actually be an audience for these four would-be tentpoles once Cameron gets them finished over the next century or two. Like, are there really millions and millions of fans clamoring for more of that movie that I'm still not 100 percent sure actually ever existed in the first place?

What if people just tune out a few movies in after having sunk a decade and millions of dollars into this thing? Hey, it's happened before (*cough*Divergent*cough*).