“2018 is not happening,” says James Cameron.
‘Avatar’ fans appear to be out of luck. While Magic Kingdom’s upcoming Pandora theme park is still on its way, James Cameron has delivered the sad news that the ‘Avatar’ sequels have been delayed.
Speaking with The Toronto Star, the director explained:
“… 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… 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.”
The first sequel ‘Avatar 2’ was originally expected to release in 2014 but was subsequently pushed back each year until 2018. With today’s news, the film currently does not having a target date at all. ‘Avatars’ 3, 4, and 5 were also originally slated for 2020, 2022, and 2023, respectively, and with today’s announcement, it remains unclear if 2‘s latest delay will impact those three followups.