“Avatar 2” was initially expected to hit theatres this year, but was later rescheduled for late 2016. Director James Cameron recently revealed at an event in Wellington, New Zealand, that we can expect a delay of at least another year before the sequel will be released. He mentioned that the script-writing process had become “very involved,” which means more time will be required to smooth things over before production is scheduled to begin.
Earlier reports mentioned that scripts for no less than three movies will be completed this month so that production can start as soon as possible, but “there’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films,” according to Cameron.
“We’re writing three simultaneously and we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films,” “We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
Cameron stressed that it is important for each film to link forward each story arch, and to wrap-up each sequel in a satisfying way without leaving each chapter with an open ending. Regarding the Sony debacle, Producer Jon Landau said they’re taking greater security precautions after the cyber attack against the company.
He cautiously joked about it saying:
“I will only say ‘yes’ but will not tell you how,”
In the meantime we can still expect Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang to reprise their respective roles as Jake Sully, Neytiri, and Colonel Miles Quaritch respectively. Sigourney Weaver will also return, but this time round will play a new character in each of the sequels.