‘Avatar’ Sequel Release Dates Set, Starting in December 2020

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James Cameron and Fox have set the release dates for the four “Avatar” sequels, starting on Dec. 18, 2020, for “Avatar 2.”

“Avatar 3” will open  Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three- year break for “Avatar 4, set for Dec.20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then open on Dec. 19, 2025.

The news was announced on the movie’s official Facebook page on Saturday morning, along with a picture of Cameron and crew.

“Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels,” Cameron said in the post.

Cameron had announced a year ago at CinemaCon that he would make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar,” the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion, said at the time that  his vision for the story had expanded significantly.

Cameron said last year that he had first envisioned two sequels but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists and designers, he realized that he had too much material for just two films. He initially decided on three sequels, then jumped to four.

“We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic project, making four epic films, each of which stands alone but together forms a complete saga,” Cameron told theatrical exhibitors at CinemaCon.

That announcement came immediately after the director told theater owners he opposed the proposal by Sean Parker’s upstart Screening Room, to bring movies into customers’ homes at the same time they debut in theaters. “Trust me, these are films that were designed to be seen in theaters and on the big screen first,” he added.

At the time, Cameron said “Avatar 2” would be released around Christmas 2018, followed by the next three films in 2020, 2022 and 2023. But Fox never officially dated the films and Cameron admitted a month ago that the 2018 date was no longer feasible.

Cameron and Jon Landau are producing through their Lightstorm company. Returning cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang all returning. The script was written by Cameron with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno.

“What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases,” Cameron said last month. “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.”

The filmmaker said at the time that the four movies would be all-consuming for him through 2025.

“So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life,” he added. “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.”

Here is the Facebook post from Saturday morning:

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  1. David says:

    I wrote a letter to James Cameron that will tell James Cameron politely to never make Avatar2, and James Cameron is explaining to James Cameron’s Team about never making Avatar2.

  2. By the time the last sequel comes out we’ll be going to planets like that in real life.

  3. giantslor says:

    I love all the delusional comments here. The movies will be box office smashes, per usual.

    • Caligula says:

      not necessarily-depends on how Part 2 does-remember, these moveis will have to make about 400 million each just to break even-we shall see

  4. JOE S HILL says:

    Waiting from 2008 to 2021 is not my idea of a great movie! Cameron should seriously think carefully about this flawed plan, because if he thinks that the audience will hold out for that kind of time, than he’s got a lose CPU in his head!

  5. That's What She says:

    No Gunnm, no sale. I care not to be part of the “if you didn’t see it in 3D, you didn’t see it at all HURR DURR” whining crowd.

  6. Rex says:

    These movies will happen, regardless of whether all the toothless keyboard jockeys in the world think otherwise. And they will be successful. They’ll push boundaries and probably appeal to a generation that can’t even put the first film in any context just yet. Deal with it, losers.

  7. Bill B. says:

    Cameron is nearly 63. Reportedly, it took 10 years to complete the first Avatar, a film that already hasn’t aged well, which would mean he will have spent 26 years of his life on the same project by the time it’s done. Seems like such a waste of a talented man and a LOT of money.

  8. Jim says:

    Cameron has seriously overestimated the demand for 4 sequels after this much time has passed. Avatar was a great theater experience but the 3D novelty won’t carry it this time around.

  9. Greg says:

    Come on guys we’ll all see it! It will break new ground again I’m sure

  10. packsoldier says:

    I can hardly wait to not see it.

  11. Required says:

    I’ll wait for it to be on Netflix

    • Rex says:

      It won’t be on Netflix. Netflix will only be streaming their own productions by then, mostly stuff no one really wants to see, just like now. And old man Adam Sandler movies.

  12. Pete Oliva says:

    As I expected, it will release CLEAR of the final slate of currently planned Star Wars films. How convenient! I knew this was all about just not wanting to go heads up with SW!

  13. loco73 says:

    Also just to add to the article some last minute breaking news, after a 10 year hiatus, “Avatar 6” will come out in December 2035, followed by “Avatar 7” in December 2036 and after a four year break, Avatar 8 in December 2040. By that time we will have colonized Mars, Kim Kardashian will the President of the United States and Kanye West will be First Lady. After that James Cameron will start adapting all the “Dune” novels into movies, which he will start releasing after 2055…

  14. Fran says:

    Waiting YEARS more is ludicrous. Cameron is delusional.

  15. Not to rain on the parade, but…he’s had plenty of time to both develop and set up pre-production! It came out over eight years ago.
    Waiting until 2020 for the sequel is really stretching it thin I think. By then, people won’t even be going to the theater anymore. :)

  16. lordoflys says:

    I agree with the comments below. Cameron is living in a fantasy himself if he believes his Avatar plans. Theaters may not even be around in 2025.

  17. Paully says:

    A Disney Park attraction before a new film.. Isn’t Cameron going to circle The Moon next year on a Elon Musk/ SpaceX adventure??

  18. Redimith1 says:

    I 100% guarantee it that Avatar 3 and 4 will never see the light of day.

    It was a bad idea for them to even try to make sequels to the original which, no matter how much it made, was one of of the worst big budget movies ever. And, each year that is going by without a new movie is just pushing more people into not caring or forgetting the franchise even exists.

    In a perfect world, Avatar 2 would never be made.
    In the real world, Avatar 3 and 4 will never be released.

  19. Steve says:

    The only two people that actually care about Avatar anymore are James Cameron & Sam Worthington. Snore.

  20. Chris Christie's Belt says:

    Avatar stunk, only the new 3d tech at the time made it so huge.

  21. MS says:

    Are people really clamoring for an Avatar sequel ten years after the original at this point, much less three? Avatar was successful because it was the first film to get huge off of the resurrection of the 3D gimmick. If Cameron had his act together and released this a few years ago, maybe it would have reached the success of the original. But the 3D gimmick isn’t as big as it was. I know of no one who loved Avatar for its complex story and memorable characters.

  22. As long as it does not include Sigorny Weaver, the next Avatar has a shot at being okay. She is the worst actress since Jodie Foster and or Steisand.

  23. Johnblo says:

    Avatard

  24. Chewbacca says:

    Hmmmmmm…at this point does anyone remember or care?

    • Chadimus says:

      Titantic bombed… Avatar bombed… this guy has no track record of breaking any box office records.
      He certainly has had no success in delivering highly successful, critically acclaimed entertainment for a global audience. He should have stopped making movies after the first Terminator.. what a turd that movie was. And Aliens… he ruined that franchise. Ruined it!

    • donji says:

      Exactly. Cameron is suffering from delusions of grandeur; when it comes to blue people, Smurfs have a better chance of box office success. Nobody wants to see another Avatar.

      • loco73 says:

        Watch the porn version. It’s helluva more entertaining…

      • Я says:

        I want to see it

      • Richard says:

        Ya ya ya sure it’s a long time and he does run the risk of loss of interest but you guys probably bemoaned the movie when it came out even as or because it became the biggest movie of this generation. Cameron has just about delivered on every cinematic promise he has made so I wouldn’t count him out.

      • Chewbacca says:

        He seems to have forgotten we’re in a different landscape now. He now has to compete with the MCU, DCCU, as well as the SWCU.

        Not to mention the cinematic universe Universal is procuring with their Mummy, Frankenstein Dracula franchises. Too much too late for Cameron.

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