James Cameron’s Avatar is definitely a tough act to follow. The sequels are sure to deliver that Pandora magic we once saw a decade ago, and only Cameron himself can manage such a feat.
However, new owners Disney have announced that our long wait will be prolonged.
Avatar 2 was initially slated to release on December 18, 2020, but now it is scheduled to drop on December 17, 2021 instead. That date was initially meant for Avatar 3, which will now be pushed back two years to December 22, 2023.
And finally, Avatar 4 and 5 will drop on December 19, 2025 and December 17, 2027 respectively.
However, Cameron revealed that the dates for the latter two films are only speculative, as their production depends on the success of 2 and 3.
Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox meant that these sequels are even possible in the first place, but that means they need to plan their resources well in order to ensure the box office success of the Avatar sequels.
In any case, one should be excited for the Avatar sequels, as a host of familiar faces will be reprising their roles in the new sci-fi epic.
Zoe Saldana is most notable of this group, as well as Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore and Sam Worthington.
Newcomers to the film franchise will be Kate Winslet (who also worked with Cameron on Titanic), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse), and Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians, Star Trek: Discovery).
The iconic 2009 film stole Titanic‘s then-box office record (as well as our hearts), amassing an estimated US$2.7 billion globally.
However, that crown may soon be relinquished to Disney’s big hitter, Avengers: Endgame, which amassed a massive US$1.2 billion on its opening weekend, and is fast catching up to Avatar‘s US$2.7bn.
Aside from the new Avatar instalments, Disney also has plans for another huge film franchise — Star Wars — with a new trio of films set to release from 2022 through 2026.
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