James Cameron’s Avatar sequels get pushed back
Avatar sequels have been delayed again. James Cameron took to Instagram via the official Avatar account to announce that all four sequels to Avatar have been delayed by another year each.
Avatar 2, which had resumed production in New Zealand earlier this summer after a two-month shutdown, was originally scheduled to be released on December 17, 2021. The movie has now been pushed to December 16, 2022. Meanwhile, Avatar 3 got shuffled from December 2023 to December 20, 2024; Avatar 4 was moved from December 2025 to December 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 was pushed from December 2027 to December 22, 2028. Notably, Disney is still sticking with the holiday release strategy, which proved to be enormously successful for the 2009 original.
Cameron gave an update on the production of the multiple sequels and how the corona virus pandemic has impacted certain aspects of filming. He started off by saying “I see you” in Na’vi, the official language of Pandora and then went on to say that they are currently filming in New Zealand, but the pandemic is preventing them to do virtual production work on their stages in Los Angeles. “That work is just as critical to films as the live action work,” he explained. He further said,“There is no one more disappointed about this delay than me,” he wrote. “But I am buoyed by the incredible performances of our cast and the extraordinary work that Weta Digital is doing bringing the world of Pandora and the characters of the film to life”. He went on to thank Disney Studios for their support and thanked his supportive fans. “Most of all, I am grateful to you, our fans, for your support over the years and I promise that what we bring to cinemas will deliver.” The legendary filmmaker appropriately ended by saying “thank you” in Na’vi.