Avatar 2 was supposed to be in theaters back in December of 2014, but that movie still hasn’t made its way to theaters. At CinemaCon today, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox announced that there will be FOUR, yes FOUR more Avatar movies between now and 2023. As it stands now, Avatar 2 is arriving around Christmas 2018, followed by Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022, and Avatar 5 in 2023. The very first Avatar opened in December 2009.
“We’ve decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” said Cameron. “We’ve begun to bump up against the limitation of our art form. There’s just too much story.” And that, according to Cameron, is why the decision was made to expand the series. “I’ve been working with the top four screenwriters and designers in the world to design the world of Avatar going forward,” he said of the development process. “The environments, new cultures — whatever it takes to bring it to life. From what I’m seeing of the art on the wall, in pure imagination is just beyond the first film. I’m speechless.”
The Avatar sequels won’t follow a single plot thread, but rather comprise an entire cinematic universe. “Each one [of the sequels] stands alone but together form a complete saga,” said Cameron. He described the story as “a true epic saga told in this rich complex world.”
If Avatar 2 opens in 2018, it’ll have been nine years since the original Avatar hit theaters. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to get excited about 4 movies when the second one hasn’t even happened yet. More and more, studios are scheduling out their franchises, but Avatar is a movie that is sever years old, hasn’t aged well, and it all rests on a talented director with amazing vision, but who is also unreliable for meeting deadlines. Sound off and let me know if you are excited about more Avatar films.