Even though it’s the highest-grossing movie of all time, James Cameron seems to be living in some dream world where people actually care about an Avatar franchise. This Christmas will be the fifth anniversary of Avatar’s release, and it’ll pass forgotten by everyone thanks to another scifi/fantasy franchise people really do care about.
Today James Cameron announced that the first Avatar sequel has been delayed a year to 2017, which means it’ll be sent to die against Star Wars Episode VIII:
“There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film,” he said in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was helping promote the local film industry with other directors including Peter Jackson.
Cameron said the goal was to have the three scripts completed this month. He’s leading the writing team.
“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that,” he said. “And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
So it looks like you’ll have to wait a year to “shit yourself with your mouth open”, that is if you can find time to see Avatar 2 when a new Star Wars sequel is playing in the same theater.