– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I swear, we’ll all be dead by the time Avatar 2 finally comes out. Eight years ago, James Cameron took the world by storm with his imaginative Pocahontas re-telling, Avatar. The film relied heavily on the best visual effects at the time, and went on to create an entire race of Na’vi, the blue natives of Pandora. The film itself may have had a modest start at the box office, but it had the longest tail of any other film at the box office in the history of cinema, and eventually went on to be the highest grossing film of all time.

In the years since the film hit theaters, Cameron has teasing the inevitable sequels non-stop. Each year since then, he’s been delaying them slowly but surely, it’s been pushed back more and more. When last we heard, Avatar 2 would not be hitting its scheduled late 2018 release date.

In Cameron’s defense, he’s always stated that it’s more important that they get each successive movie out within a year or so than it is that they release the first film right away. But when are they going to start shooting? Speaking with THR, Avatar star Sigourney Weaver stated:

“We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.”

While a fall shooting date would seem to make a late 2018 release possible, we also have to keep in mind that Cameron will also likely be pioneering new technology in the process, likely extending the entire shoot. As such, who knows when we can expect this thing to hit. I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up with a late 2019 release.

One thing’s for sure. Cameron has his work cut out for him. In the time since that first film, some have grown overly-critical of that first movie, seeing it as a derivative piece. The scripts will have to be pretty good if they’re to make up for that. If it’s any consolation, Weaver seems pretty sure about the quality of the sequel scripts.

“I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I’m not worried about [disappointing fans] at all. Am I worried about how we’re going to bring themto life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.”

The big obstacle they’ll have to overcome down the line will be the fact that Avatar is no longer relevant. When it first came out, it was all over the pop culture zeitgeist, but in the time since, it’s all but disappeared. Will Cameron be able to get audiences to care about the Na’vi once again? That remains to be seen.

What do you think? Are you any more excited for this Avatar sequel? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.