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Avatar 2 Is Coming In 2017, James Cameron Is Super Cereal This Time

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Maybe. Kinda. He’ll try, at least.

You likely spent at least part of your weekend (if not the whole thing) enjoying a big sci-fi space epic sequel, but don’t be discouraged: this won’t be the last time you’ll be doing that at the end of the year. In fact, you’ll be doing that for the foreseeable future, what with Star Wars: Rogue One set for release in December 2016 and Disney aiming to release a new Star Wars movie every year. But the Star Wars film in 2017 (a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode VIII) will be landing in May, foregoing the Christmastime opening. Why is Disney avoiding the date? Well, the answer goes by the name of (for now at least) Avatar 2.

The long in-development sequel to the 2009 original was initially pegged to come out in 2014than 2015then 2016and now, finally, 2017. Yes the fact we might get more Pandora adventures in two years seems a little bit crazy, and I’m sure it’s hard to take the notoriously slow James Cameron at his word. With a release date that’s ever-shifting, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the film being delayed once again. But nuh uh, says Mr. James Cameron. The release date is indeed scheduled right now, and production is chugging along to a point that it could happen. Said the director in an interview with The Montreal Gazette.

“Christmas of ’17 is the target…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. We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. [We’ve finished] all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.”

So yeah, not exactly a hard promise, but still: he seems more determined than ever to hit the new date. But honestly, I’m really not sure it will actually be able to do it. I mean the post production time for this one seems to take a lot of time and, honestly, to make that time frame I would imagine that production would have had to already begin. Cameron’s statement seems to indicate its about there, but I’m still not sure two years is enough for perfectionist James Cameron to have the film complete to his vision. I’m not going to guarantee anything, but I personally wouldn’t bet on Avatar 2 actually making its date. But the film is coming, no doubt about that. The only question is, of course, when.

-Matthew