While we had been looking forward to seeing Avatar 2 land in December 2018, director James Cameron has stated the film likely won’t be ready to meet that date.
Cameron tells The Star that the film currently is without a release date, essentially nixing its chances of coming out in December 2018. Omega Underground recently revealed that production is set to begin on August 15th, but post-production could take a lot longer than expected as he points out they’re shooting multiple films.
“Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date. 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. (Laughs) 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.”
Omega Underground also uncovered a casting call last month that revealed that Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode 9 was starting production this July in the UK. So, in theory, this would give the final installment in the new trilogy plenty of post-production time. Even though, many believed that the film was getting a 2019 release date.
Disney had originally had planned on releasing Mary Poppins Returns on December 25th in 2018, but could easily attempt to place the Star Wars film in the spot instead considering Avatar has seemingly exited the month limiting the science fiction competition.
SOURCE: THE STAR