AVATAR 2 Delayed Until 2017 Says James Cameron

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Well, official word has come from The Associated Press (via Yahoo): James Cameron‘s long-gestating Avatar sequel would be pushed back from December 2016 to December 2017  ’cause “they’re gonna be bitchin”.

Yep, I’m already shit myself with my mouth wide open thinking about how long do I have to wait for the script to be finished. The filmmaker says:

“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. 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.”

If this will be the last delay, the next two sequels should arrive by 2018 and 2019, around the same time. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver as a different character are all expected to make a comeback.

Some people say he’s going to be about 90 by the time he finishes the new Avatar trilogy. But Cameron believes he and his team of writers will have all three scripts completed by the end of this month. And Fox is reportedly giving the director more time due to the amount of money they are pouring into the project and given that this isn’t Star Wars where a studio needs the movie as soon as possible to appease shareholders.

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Oh, I dunno about you, but I think the original 2009 film was nice to look at but no real substance underneath. Having that in mind, I’d rather see a decent Avatar sequel then a crappy one.

AVATAR takes us to a spectacular new world beyond our imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery, as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. The film was first conceived by Cameron 14 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist. Now, after four years of actual production work, AVATAR delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film, disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.