– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Avatar is such an interesting beast of a film. This was a movie that was released to huge fanfare for its director, James Cameron, who is arguably the best master of the spectacle film. Between flicks like Terminator 2, Titanic, and Avatar, there’s no doubt that the man knows how to tell a visual story. Yet despite the fact that Avatar went on to become the highest grossing film of all time, the film’s relevance really took a plummet relatively soon after its release. So much so, that when Cameron first announced its sequels, most fans didn’t really care too much.

Since then, the franchise has ballooned to a full, five-film series that will supposedly have releases on December 2018, December 2020, December 2022, and December 2023. This comes after the constant delay of the second Avatar film, which is likely due to the inflation of the story from Cameron and his team of writers.

Well, if you were looking forward to finally seeing that film in two years, there’s a good chance the film won’t be out yet, as stated by actress Sigourney Weaver. Speaking with THR, when asked about the status of the film, she stated:

“We haven’t started it, so I don’t know how realistic that date is, but I think it’s going to be very exciting. I’ve read three of the four [sequel’s scripts,] and they’re even more extraordinary than the first one.”

In all honesty, this is probably a good move. As much of a cultural phenomenon as the first Avatar was, perhaps the biggest problem with it was that there was nowhere else to go for fans after that film, and by the time the sequels were announced, they had already moved on. Cameron has also stated multiple times that it’s not as important that we get Avatar 2 now than it is that once it’s out, we get the other films out in relatively quick succession, which is a sentiment I couldn’t agree with more. This delay would make this release schedule a much quicker deal.

What does that mean? Well, a delay of Avatar 2 will allow them to guarantee that each sequel will hit within a decent timeframe. If nothing else, perhaps this’ll mean Avatar 2 will be in for a 2019 release, and everything else will stay as is. It was a bit awkward that it was the only film that was followed by a two-year delay, after all. 

Either way, these films need to exceed expectations on all front if they’re to succeed, and it is a bit comforting that what Weaver has seen so far is quite promising. We may be in for a quite a treat when these flicks eventually do hit theaters.

What do you think? Is a delay of this film a good thing, or do you simply not care anymore? Let us know your thoughts 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.