James Cameron has told the Associated Press this week that production on the “Avatar” sequels has been pushed back. As a result, the trilogy of new films won’t start hitting cinemas until Christmas 2017, a year later than originally planned.
Part of the issue is the simultaneous filming of the trilogy: “We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
The delay had been rumored for a while as a shooting script had yet to be delivered to Fox, which had delayed budgeting and production work.
Cameron says the delay will be worth it: “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. 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.”