James Cameron Pushes Back ‘Avatar’ Sequels By a Year

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Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to return to Pandora.

James Cameron told the Associated Press this week that he has pushed back production on the “Avatar” sequels and the next chapter won’t hit theaters until Christmas, 2017. That’s a year later than had been planned.

Cameron’s words confirm what had been rumored for months — that the director had yet to deliver a shooting script to 20th Century Fox, delaying budgeting and production work on the vastly ambitious project. Part of the issue is that Cameron is shooting his planned trilogy simultaneously.

“We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that,” Cameron told the Associated Press. “And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”

The delay does deprive Fox of one of its signature projects at one of the most popular times for moviegoing.

A spokesman for the studio did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but during a lengthy profile of Twentieth Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos last summer, the studio chief told Variety that he expected the films to be costly, but worthwhile.

“We know it’s going to be a long journey,” said Gianopulos. “We know it’s not going to be cheap. We know it’s not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that.”

Cameron also spoke to Variety for that article, providing some insight into what the future holds for the films.

“There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the ‘Avatar’ universe,” he said. “We’ve had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, I believe in the stories I’m telling more and more. We’re not coming out of the block fast to capitalize on the last film.”

“Avatar” remains the biggest box office hit in history, with a box office gross of $2.8 billion.

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  1. Scolopendra says:

    Darn, what a shame: we’ll have to wait a little more for another installment of eye candy that somehow combines both white guilt and the white man’s burden. Oh, and planet-scale mindrape. Mustn’t forget that.

  2. Lisa says:

    I could never figure out why they use the phrase ‘push back’ when they are referring to postponing something. Shouldn’t it be ‘push forward’? To push the date forward into the future, or forward on the calender.

  3. Jason says:

    Will be worth the compared to the crap that comes out now. Cameron is a great director and visionary and was so snubbed for avatar.

  4. Hail J Cam says:

    I love the King of the World. Great decision. Cannot wait for Avatar 2, 3, 4, etc. Go Jim!

  5. well i am done waiting, won’t be seeing these in the theater, that is 8 years after the first one which is crazy for a sequel!

  6. Lex says:

    Avatar is my least favorite James Cameron film. It doesn’t seem like a sequel movie and I don’t want to watch over 2 hours of animated stuff. It was okay, but near the end I started to root for the corporate-run military. I was watching True Lies last week and really got excited how the realistic-looking plane was flying around and fighting terrorists. It worked great because it looked like it was actually there. Movie’s are to fantasy based now… just like our government. :)

    • Jason says:

      Why the hell did you have to add “fake like the government? God can’t any post not be religious or political. Sick of you asses putting in yoir two sense. Go away

  7. cadavra says:

    The script has been held up because he’s still plowing through Harlan Ellison short stories…

  8. Navi Neytiri says:

    Loved the original movie. It ended just right. No sequels needed or wanted.

    • therealeverton says:

      the ending actually spelled out the story to come…it was a tight ending, but a sequal is voming ending too.

  9. NV Effect says:

    I would assume that if JD is working on this it could never happen.

  10. 5 years ago ‘Avatar’ was a big hit, but nobody cares. It made zero impact on pop culture.

    • Seems Just Like Yesterday says:

      Only that it is regarded as one of the great feats in 3D filmography, and helped usher in a whole new era of 3D feature presentations. Is your memory that short?

      • DJ Wonderbread says:

        “I hope he sits down and watches A Turtles Tale or The House Of Magic and takes note of what is possible with 3D technology”

        Hahaha, yeah… I’m pretty sure the guy who created the Cameron / Pace 3D cinema systems is *fairly* up to snuff on the current state of 3D cinema technology…

      • Mal says:

        There were 3D films before Avatar and there have been better 3D films after Avatar, indeed Cameron admits he didn’t push the technology enough, he didn’t push the depth, he didn’t push the negative parallax ( pop out ) enough, he says he will do more for the sequels and i hope so.

        I hope he sits down and watches A Turtles Tale or The House Of Magic and takes note of what is possible with 3D technology, they can do so much more than they typically do with Hollywood flicks.

  11. Mr Furious says:

    He must be having a hard time finding new stuff to rip off.

  12. Dellie Q. says:

    I’m way more worried about what this means to the theme park attractions. I hope Avatarland won’t be delayed.

  13. Ken says:

    The delay is frustrating true, but this sounds like a colossal undertaking w/ unbelievable logistics involved…but the technology should be simply amazing. Another 2 years….Sigh….

  14. Glenn C. says:

    Wasn’t crazy about the first one. Don’t care if no more come out. Way overrated. Like Cameron’s work. Just not this.

    • Name says:

      @Glenn C. I don’t understand why you would click on this article, much less why you would need to comment, if you don’t care. Are you truly that bored?

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