For the last couple of years, there’s been the occasional update from those involved in the production of James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels.
We know the second and third film in the series were shot first and come before a proposed fourth and fifth film. We also know both some motion capture filming and live-action filming has taken place on those first two sequels.
In an interview with Variety this week, Cameron revealed that despite the various release delays, everything is on track in the overall production and “Avatar 2” should be ready for its December 2021 theatrical release:
“From 2013 until now we’ve mostly designed the whole world across four new movies. We’ve written, finished scripts for all four of those films. We’ve cast them, and we’ve [performance] captured movie 2, movie 3, and the first part of movie 4.
We’re mostly done with the live-action. I’ve got a couple of months in New Zealand in spring, so we’re kind of on track with what we set out to do.
People don’t really understand the scope and complexity of the process. It’s like making two and a half big animated films. A typical big animated film takes about four years, so, if you do the math on that, we’re kind of right on schedule for December 2021.”
Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin will join returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver in the films.
The films have now been given a staggered release schedule with a new title every two years. “Avatar 2” opens December 18th 2021, “Avatar 3” hits December 22nd 2023, “Avatar 4” hits December 19th 2025, and “Avatar 5” opens December 17th 2027.
It’s expected new “Star Wars” films will open in the years between the films (2022, 2024, 2026).