“Avatar” has been considered as one of the highest grossing films to hit theaters by earning $2 billion dollars. Following that tremendous success, 20th Century Fox announced that a sequel will follow, as well as three films of the franchise to be released during 2017, 2018, and 2019. Finally, Avatar 2 has been confirmed to be in near completion by none other than the movie’s director, James Cameron.
It has been seven years since the first “Avatar” film indulged the audience with an out-of-this-world experience onscreen. Because of its success, it was rumored that the second, third and fourth installments would be released on 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.
During an interview, the film’s director James Cameron finally revealed that the design work for “Avatar 2” is finally in near completion, reported Slash Film. Cameron said earlier this month, “It’s been about a two-year task. [We’ve finished] all the creatures and landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is gone. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.” Given that, Cameron concluded that filming for “Avatar 2” will start on 2016.
Furthermore, Cameron also announced when the second, third and fourth film will hit the theaters.
“Christmas of ’17 is the target,” the director revealed to Montreal Gazette prior to the release of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Toruk: The First Flight.” He added, “At least that’s what we’ve announced. But I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story.”
In addition, Entertainment Weekly reported that the production will retain the acting talents of Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Sam Worthington, who will all reprise their roles as the lead characters.
Furthermore, when asked about the pressure in creating “Avatar 2” and the rest of the franchise’s installments, director James Cameron stated, “Obviously, expectations are going to be very high on these films, especially on Avatar 2, to make sure it wasn’t just some big fluke the first time.” He added, “So we’ve got to deliver. I’ve created a nice rod of my own back, so they say.”