‘Avatar 2′ Won’t Be Ready Until 2015 At the Earliest

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:51 am,

avatar 2 details Avatar 2 Wont Be Ready Until 2015 At the Earliest

James Cameron has made it known that he’s in the business of making Avatar sequels in the foreseeable future (and nothing else). Sigourney Weaver recently let the cat out of the bag that Cameron is also toying with the idea of shooting not two, but three Avatar movies back-to-back, in order to keep expenditures low and handle possible actor scheduling conflicts that could crop up between breaks in filming.

The latest reports on Avatar 2 confirm producer Jon Landau’s assessment that the sequel probably won’t make a December 2014 date (tentatively set by 20th Century Fox). In fact, moviegoers shouldn’t anticipate a return trip to the exotic extraterrestrial realms of Pandora until 2015, at the earliest.

A New York Times article detailing Cameron’s purchase of 2,500 acres of farmland around Lake Pounui in New Zealand (for a “tidy” sum of $16 million) mentions that a good chunk of Avatar 2 and subsequent installments will “almost certainly” be shot at Peter Jackson’s Wellington production studios. It’s there that Weta will be doing the necessary digital effects-rendering required to bring 9-foot tall Na’vi to life (following the completion of performance-capture work at Cameron’s sound stages in Manhattan Beach, California).

Cameron may be armed with a massive team of animation/effects supervisors on the project, but the indication is that it’s simply not logistically feasible for Avatar 2 to fulfill the filmmaker’s demands to push the boundaries of technology – including, underwater motion-capture for sequences set within the oceans of Pandora – and meet his high standards, in time for the 2014 date (that calls for at least an additional year of rendering and refining the visuals).

Avatar sequels release dates set by James Cameron Avatar 2 Wont Be Ready Until 2015 At the Earliest

It’s… admirable how Cameron is intent on delivering an Avatar sequel that proves as innovative on a technological level as its monstrously-successful predecessor (as far as the box office is concerned). That aside, one has to wonder how long the public’s patience can be tested, as the first installment features a self-contained narrative that didn’t exactly leave the moviegoing masses desperate to find out what happens next in the ongoing saga of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington). It was ultimately the cutting-edge spectacle and 3D effects that drew people to Avatar, allowing it to gross more than $2.7 billion worldwide in theaters and snag 3 Oscars (as recognition for its technical accomplishments).

Of course, the obvious counter-argument is that, yes, the demand for Avatar 2 is based primarily on the hope that it’ll be as mind-blowing as Cameron’s first movie (from a technological standpoint). Thus, it makes sense for the filmmaker to take his sweet time in ensuring that goal is accomplished.

We’ll keep you updated on Avatar 2 as the story develops.


Source: New York Times

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  1. Figures, but I rather him not rush it and make it better than even the first which would be a lofty feat.

  2. Cameron seems driven to use Avatar 2 as his vehicle to once again
    push the film technology envelop and leapfrog over whatever will
    have been seen on the screen by the time of the movie release.

    He took his time the first time waiting for the film technology to
    be where he wanted it to then and it did prove to be worth it.

  3. It’s good news imo.
    Take your time and make it good.

  4. The question is: Will people care when Cameron finally delivers the sequel?

    • If Cameron builds it… They will come…

  5. I believe the fans would appreciate the extra time taken to make it the best show possible, rather than pushing through the film for the sake of an earlier release.

  6. Lmao i dont even care about this franchise anymore!!the more the wait the less i care

    • LOL, but you will see it won’t you?

      • ha yea he mostly likely will.

  7. Damn thats a long way

  8. Yeah it’s going to suck to have to wait, but people are still going to see it.
    The majority of the people who see it probably won’t even know that it was delayed a year.

  9. Of course i will!!lol midnight show me

    • imo it sounds good. Never heard of underwater mocapping before. I just can’t wait to see it, i’ve been following avatar 2 since 2010

  10. Why is know one talkin about transformers4????whats so good about the dkr??michael bay is the man

    • Wrong article, buddy.

  11. Damn thats a long wait…cant wait for this movie

  12. I’m in agreement with the others…..take your time and do it right. It’s not as if Cameron can’t afford it.

    On the plus side, IF Cameron can perfect the underwater filming tech, think of the avenues this could open like doing justice to an Aquaman movie?!

  13. The core audience will not be there in 2015. It just wont. Avatar was a visual masterpiece….but it doesnt warrant 3 sequels. There is not a huge audience for this. I agree the first movie didnt move me story wise, either. It was just visually stunning. That will only take you so far.

    • The first one may not warrant 3 sequels by itself, but if the second one is also good then people will line up to see the others – and I’m guessing they have faith that the others will be good also.

      Heck, many will argue that the Transformers sequels weren’t good and they still keep making them.

  14. ^^^
    Ha yeah there is not a huge audience for the second highest grossing film of all time.

    • Avatar is the highest (non adjusted) grossing film. Titanic is #2.

      • Oh I thought it was reversed.

  15. james cameron, your an absolute genious! the first Avatar was more than just a great affects movie. It was an amazing romance and spiritual connection. I know with your great mind you will blow the world away with the 2nd one. – Matt B

  16. I agree with David. I would rather wait until 2106 or 2017 for Avatar 2 to come out. He did an awesome job on Avatar and I would be sincerely disappointed if the sequal horrible due to poor quality animations or crappy affects because of impatient fans. As long as it is out within a max of 6 years, I am fine to wait

  17. I appreciate James wanting to wait till the technology progresses even further, for a sequel. But I think he could have done two at a time, then done another two a couple years later. But this wait will only make more skeptics. Yes, we will go see it, but I doubt it will be the blockbuster of the first one, so why wait so long? He should have come out with something a little closer while the public was still interested. Do I want perfection, no…if it’s a good story line I don’t expect him to always be on the cutting edge. It’s okay to do some sequels in between. I appreciate his genius, but I think this could be a mistake waiting so long. I sure hope it comes out in 2014 and doesn’t wait till 2015. I might be dead by then or at least an old woman. I heard they had all ready done some filming and was hoping it might come out sooner, like in 2013. They seem to be revving up their postings on facebook, and getting people’s interest up again. So something must be going on to nudge our interest now. I hope there is something closer to Jake Scully’s story sooner to give us fans something to hang on to the franchise, and then he can bring in new technologies following the 2nd sequel. JMO :)

  18. Hi,
    Mr. James Cameron,
    This is Sharmistha Das from Kolkata,West Bengal,India.Sir,i love your direction and i have watched ‘The Terminator’,’Terminator 2′,’Titanic’,’Rambo’,’True Lies’,’Avatar’ many times.Sir, i am sure that the upcoming sequels of ‘Avatar’ will be highly appreciated and i would like to be a part of the amazing project.So, if you think that you can give me an opportunity, please feel free to e-mail me.