AVATAR 2 Unlikely to Make Its 2014 Release Date

     April 4, 2012

In October 2010, we reported that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 would be shot back-to-back, and Fox had scheduled the movies for December 2014 and December 2015, respectively.  In June 2011, writer-director James Cameron commented that the movies will be from one script, which would make the franchise “not really a trilogy, but just an overall character arc.”  But during the recent press rounds for Titanic 3D, producer Jon Landau said it was unlikely that they’ll be able to make the 2014 release date for Avatar 2.  He notes that they’re “taking the time to get it right”, and while that sounds like standard producer-speak, he does reminds us that Titanic was originally scheduled for a summer 1997 release, but was pushed back to December so Cameron would have more time to work on the effects.

Hit the jump for more.  Titanic 3D opens on Friday.

Speaking to Empire, Landau provides some common sense that some studios would do well to learn:

Movies make release dates; release dates don’t make movies.

Of course, James Cameron has the freedom to work at his own leisure.  Cameron can take the time to head down to the bottom of the sea, where there were reportedly no accusations, just friendly crustaceans.

However, pre-production is still moving on Avatar 2, specifically on the underwater sequences.  Special effects company WETA is currently at work on “underwater performance-capture.”  Landau says the best way to look at the underwater sequences in the movie will be like the floating mountains in Avatar.  “It’s going to be a place we go to,” says Landau, “leave and come back to.”

Here’s the video of Landau’s interview with Empire:



  • ozzie

    So what … the first movie was awefull.

    • Johnson

      on the contrary, it was amazing – both techically and storywise

      • faty

        on the contrary, technically was great but the story was a rip off of a historical figure namely pocahontas

      • Peggy

        On the contrary, with repeated viewings it became clearer that what some people see as cliches or a ripoff of previous plots was a reinventing of a classic plot, which you might say was already “old” with Pocahantas (in which the legend doesn’t fit the facts – she was never romantically involved with John Smith). Not only was this a technically dazzling film, it was emotionally compelling. People don’t go to see a film over and over again just because it offers great visuals. The story itself was engrossing – with a VERY strong heroine who in the end rescues the hero without having to emasculate him in the process. And while at first I wished the hero could have been more intellectually complicated, I later realized that what wasn’t needed here was a Lawrence of Arabia (who would merely have self-destructed) but an empty vessel that could indeed soak up his new emotional and physical life. It works perfectly, including the much-maligned script, which does exactly what it needs to do – and that is the definition of a good script.

    • mattinacan

      i heard the extra time is needed because they couldn’t find a copy of Fern Gully 2 to plagiarize

  • Tarek

    Jim is a perfectionist. so he will not rush for a 2014 release. I will be patient. It worth it.

    Avatar and LOTR were what makes me go to the cinema. Thanks Peter and Jim.

  • AlexHeyNa

    If they recast Sam Worthington, I’ll see it.

    • mattinacan

      …because you like bad actors?

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  • Lance

    They should make the story about the quest to find Cap a better costume.

  • Paul

    Jon Landau has the easiest job in the world. He just sits around as James Cameron does his thing and then makes piles of money when Cameron gets to making a film.

    How come I feel if Landau produced films for anyone’s besides James Cameron he would be announcing stuff like “Our movie will hit theaters Halloween Day 2012! …. We haven’t started casting yet but it WILL HAPPEN!”

    • Northern Star

      Landau was 20th Century Fox’s hatchet man in the utterly disgraceful treatment of David Fincher during production on ‘Alien 3′, he’s a paid studio stooge and very little more…

  • Sccitylhh

    Avatar was visually stunning. Awe-inspiring, even. The story was familiar, to say the least, but for me it was executed well enough not to become a distraction. I’m looking forward to the sequels, if not just to see how far the technology can be pushed. No virtual environment has come out since Avatar that’s felt more lived in and real, and I doubt we’ll get one until its sequel.

  • mattinacan

    Avatar, the most two dimensional, 3D movie ever made. Let’s hope the extra development time is for making an actual story this time.

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  • TT

    I don’t know about ‘y’all, but Avatar is my favorite movie. The effects and the animation are the best I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait for the sequels to come out, they’ve got to be awesome! I can wait.