After Avatar got released in 2009, it ultimately became the highest-grossing film of all time, with nearly $2.8 billion in revenue. The huge success of the movie eventually led the director of Avatar, James Cameron, to sign a contract with 20th Century Fox that would ensure that another three sequels would be produced. Nevertheless, last year, Cameron noted that four sequels will actually be released.
Fans were already mildly disappointed when they initially found out that the first Avatar sequel was supposed to be released in December 2014. After a few delays, James announced that the sequel would be released in 2018. However, today, he shared that it won’t be released in 2018 either.
“What people have to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So, we’re not making Avatar 2—we’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam,” he said in an interview with The Toronto Star.
“So, I know where I’m going to be for the next eight years of my life. It’s not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four-and-a-half years to make one movie and now we’re making four. We’re full tilt boogie right now. This is my day job and pretty soon we’ll be 24-7. We’re pretty well designed on all our creatures and sets,” the director also noted.