‘Avatar 2’ Delayed til 2017

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The Associated Press is reporting that director James Cameron has announced today that the release date of the upcoming Avatar 2 has been delayed from December 2016 to December 2017. Speaking at an event held by New Zealand Screen Advisory Board, Cameron had this to say:

There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film,” saidCameron.We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. 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.”

Speaking to 3News about the delay, Cameron he revealed that the plan is still to shoot three sequels back to back with each film being released a year apart:

“We were probably a bit ambitious with [the film],” said Cameron. “It took me six months to write the first and we’re writing three altogether.”

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver are all set to return for at least Avatar 2 with James Cameron directing and writing the films along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.

The films will be made by Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox