20th Century Fox Comments On Delayed ‘Avatar’ Sequels, James Cameron’s Pace

By June 11, 2015

When Avatar hit so massively at the box office in late 2009, it was nearly a foregone conclusion that at least one follow-up would be developed. It later became apparent, though, that writer/director James Cameron was developing multiple sequels, with the first of which originally scheduled to bow in 2016. Now, though, that film has been delayed by a year

Speaking with Variety, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos spoke about how they want to give the series’ visionary the proper time to make the upcoming films the best they can be, specifically saying that, “Jim Cameron has his own pace.” He would go on to tell the trade that he “fully expects” the as-yet untitled Avatar 2 to hit theaters in the holiday season of 2016, with two subsequent films set to follow in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The chairman also said that he recently visited Cameron at his offices in New Zealand a couple of months back, and told the crowd of investors at the Gabelli & Company’s Movie & Entertainment Conference in New York City that what he saw there was certainly encouraging.

It’s a room…which is covered floor to ceiling with images, characters, worlds, settings. It’s the most amazing, breathtaking thing you’ve ever seen. His challenge is to put all of that in a movie.

The original Avatar film provided an enormous risk to 20th Century Fox, who gave it a reported budget of $237 million. Still, the unique use of 3D visuals at the time, as well as its beautifully realized world seemed to be something that audiences craved tremendously. Avatar would go on to become the most financially successful film of all time, grossing an absolutely astonishing $2.8 billion worldwide. While the world was whipped up in Avatar fever at the time the first film was released, it has since died down, but it’s clear that it will make a massive comeback in the near future.

In addition to the development of the subsequent films, Disney Parks is currently constructing “Pandora: The Land of Avatar” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, which is scheduled to open to the public sometime in 2017: right before the second film is slated to hit theaters. Will audiences welcome the subsequent films like they welcomed the first one? What new technologies will the subsequent films feature to bring audiences back into theaters? We;ll have to find out when the first Avatar sequel arrives in theaters in December, 2017.

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Michelle

    Take your time Cameron, we know you are working on a masterpiece :)

    • JessicaKx

      I agree, slow and steady wins the race

      • Sean L

        I was frustrated at first, but yes you girls are right, lets wait patiently and let Cameron do his thing at his own pace.

  • David Black

    Yeah as long as it comes out before I die or go blind/deaf then I will be satisfied :)

  • RogerSmiles

    can’t wait to see what happens in the next few films. The avatar universe is the most interesting I’ve ever seen! i remember the first time i watched avatar, i got so into it that when it ended I was actually so upset that it was only a movie and was annoyed at life for a few days after..

  • Jason

    I wish I could go into, or at least see a picture of that amazing sounding room mentioned above :D

    • Katey

      I know, i would spend hours and hours just staring at it.. Someone please leak or publish a picture if this amazing sounding room :D