The second installment in the five-film franchise was originally scheduled to hit theaters in December 2014, with the next three films slated for Christmas releases in 2020, 2022, and 2023.
While he didn’t divulge any details about the final three films, Cameron confirmed a 2018 release for Avatar 2 was “not happening.”
When asked by The Toronto Star about what he could dish on the film’s development, the filmmaker said:
“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.”
Or the Titanic! …too soon?
Structural similes aside, the 62-year-old said these films will consume the next eight years of his life, adding:
“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.”
Good things come to those who wait — except for Sigourney Weaver‘s character in the 2009 original, but she’ll be back for a new role in the sequels so it’s all good!
The question is: will anyone care about this universe by the time Cameron finishes the next movie? We hope so!