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James Cameron confirms Avatar 2 delayed beyond Christmas 2018

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Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron has confirmed that Avatar 2 has been delayed again.

Speaking to the Toronto Star, the director said that the follow-up to the highest grossing film of all-time will not be ready in time for its Christmas 2018 release date.

Avatar 2 now forms part of a five-film franchise but has faced numerous delays to production. This latest declaration will be its third.

The remaining three films in the series had release dates set for 2020, 2022 and 2023 – and it is not yet clear whether this latest position means the release dates for all films has now been delayed as well.

Speaking to the Toronto Star, in response to a question on the state of play of Avatar 2, Cameron said: “Well, 2018 is not happening. We haven’t announced a firm release date.”

But he went on to explain: “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.”

The filmmaker said that once started, the movies will take up the next eight years of his life.

“So, 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.

“It’s pretty exciting stuff. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of showmanship and we’re going to draw that curtain when the time is right.”

What is known for sure about Avatar 2 is that original leads Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles in the sequels, while Cameron regular Sigourney Weaver – whose character died in the 2009 original – will play a new role.

Avatar pulled in a record-breaking $2.8 billion at the global box office and won three Oscars in 2010.

Related: Read our review of Avatar l Read our interview with James Cameron

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