4 Avatar Sequels Now Have Release Dates
Posted 2017/04/23 0 0
The long-awaited sequel to the science fiction epic Avatar from famed Canadian director James Cameron will require a little more patience from fans.
The official Facebook page for James Cameron's sci-fi movie franchise announced on Saturday that dates have been set for the release of the next four "Avatar" sequels, and they're all right around the big December holiday movie rush, though in different years.
"Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels," the post reads. "The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!"
When it was previously revealed that “Avatar 2” wasn’t getting a 2018 release date, Cameron told the Toronto Star that the delay had a lot to do with the process of developing the four sequels simultaneously:
“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… So I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life,” he said.
He pointed out that it took “Avatar” four-and-half years to make, so it stands to reason that developing the four follow-up movies at the same time would take longer.
“It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it,” he said.
Cameron and Jon Landau are producing through their Lightstorm company. Returning cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang. The script was written by Cameron with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno. Cameron has said, "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."
Avatar was the first film to gross more than $2 billion US when it was released in 2009 and earned nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. The story is set in fictional Pandora, a resource-rich environment which future humans are trying to colonize. It's inhabited by the blue-skinned humanoid species, Na'vi, under threat from the expansion.