Surprise! James Cameron Confirms ‘Avatar 2’ Won’t Be Released In 2018
Monday, March 13th, 2017 at 3:30 pm
At some point in time enough is enough. Avatar 2 has been pushed back more times than anyone can count. And yet, every time there’s word it gets pushed back to a later date, we are supposed to take it as a shock. So, once again, Avatar 2 won’t be able to make its release date, which was supposed to be sometime in 2018.
Director James Cameron spoke to The Sun about teaming up with Israeli-Canadian journalist Simcha Jacobovici on a documentary to see if the lost city of Atlantis exists. During the interview, the subject of Avatar 2 came up, and that’s when Cameron gave the disappointing news.
“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.”
This is getting a little ridiculous. To constantly get the news that we all know is coming that the film is not coming is frustrating. Cameron has said that he wanted to film all the Avatar sequels at once, which seems like a very ambitious task. Even so, we don’t know anything about these films other than they’re delayed, year after year after year.
The director mentions that it took over four years to develop the first Avatar, so to be making all four sequels at once seems like a monumental task. It seems almost impossible to do with all the documentaries he is working in between. We’ve heard that one of the films would take place underwater, so maybe there is a research aspect to all of this. That being said, 20th Century Fox and Cameron should just settle for not announcing a release date at all, and just keeping it all very vague. That way, we won’t be “shocked” when the film is pushed back to a later date.