The long awaited sequel of Avatar, Avatar 2, is being made since 2017. Now, after much anticipation, Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, has confirmed that Avatar 2 will go ahead with its scheduled premiere date.
When asked by the Hollywood Reporter if the film would “stick to its 2022 release date,” Asbel quickly replied, “Yes, it will.” He went on to say about the sequel, “It’s not just a sequel, it’s a story. And it’s a family story. It will be compelling in itself, but it will be compelling to get back to those characters and see how they evolved.” He added: “It’s less about Avatar being a really big movie and more about how Avatar was a really important cultural moment for the audience. I don’t think it would be hard to persuade people to come back.”
In addition to James Cameron’s sequel, the studio also has the next installment of Ryan Reynolds’ Free Guy, as well as Planet of the Apes.
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When will Avatar 2 be out cinemas?
To sum up a long story, Avatar 2 is finally set to release on December 16, 2022, delayed from December 2021 due to the ongoing global health crisis.
The sequel began filming in 2017, but due to the movie’s mix of live-action and motion capture elements, it’s not surprising that it took some time. In September 2020, Cameron revealed that they were “100% complete” on Avatar 2 and about 95% finished on Avatar 3.
Given that we have three more movies, Cameron has been working on all of them in recent years. In December 2021, he revealed that he had already taken some pictures of Avatar 4 due to the young cast.
When will the Avatar 2 trailer be out?
Alas, we have no official trailer yet. However, there are plenty of fan-made trailers if you need anything to excite you until the Avatar 2 hits.
Cameron was realistic about the possibility of watching the next four Avatar movies – it all depends on how the Avatar 2 works at the box office. But he promised Avatar 3 in 2024 if Avatar 2 succeeds.
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What will Avatar 2 be called?
Although we have been yelling them Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and many more, but there is no official confirmation of what they will be called.
Despite that, the BBC has reported (on its way back in November 2018) that movies that could be called Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
Cameron later confirmed that these were possible titles, but that could change.
Why is it taking so long?
If you want the full story of the sequel’s long and drawn-out journey on screen, go here. Looking back at this, it seems almost unreasonable that Avatar was scheduled for release on December 2, 2014, and Avatar 2 was scheduled for December 3, 2015.
After the delay, filming on Avatar 2 was supposed to start in April 2016, but April came and went, and filming did not begin. In January of the following year, it was announced that work on the film’s motion-capture material would begin in August 2017, but it actually began in September.
The announcement of Avatar 4 pushed the whole thing back a lot, and then they were pushed back again, Avatar 2 was planned for December of 2017 (and the rest is probably set for 2018 and 2019). James Cameron blamed the “very involved” writing process for the delay.
Then, in January 2017, Avatar 2 was delayed again, speculating that it was scary after Star Wars: The Last Jedi from May to December 2017.
The sequel was set for release in December 2020, before Disney moved it back to December 2021, after the completion of Fox’s takeover, and this brings us to the latest delay.
Despite all this, Cameron has been completely calm about any delays. “It was a seven-year gap between Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a seven-year gap between Alien and Aliens,” he said.