Somewhere, James Cameron is presently working on the classified technology that will allow him to bring to life the top secret storyline of the ever expanding series of Avatar sequels. Avatar the first remains the worldwide box office champion despite the best efforts of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but while there are no less than four Star Wars movies presently on the release calendar, the long-awaited Avatar sequels remain unscheduled and in release date limbo. Or are they? In its most recent round of release date roulette, Twentieth Century Fox seems to be staking out ground for Avatar 2 and other future franchise movies.
According to Fox, the winter solstice of 2018, that’s December 21, 2018 for those of you that use the “new” calendar, has been reserved for an “untitled Lightstorm production.” Lightstorm Entertainment is, of course, Cameron’s production company, but why play so coy, Fox? Perhaps they don’t want to look foolish if they end up having to move the release date for Avatar 2 again, if this is indeed the proposed release date for Avatar 2. Already the release date for the sequel’s been pushed back from next Christmas where Star Wars Episode VIII has taken its place. It’s also worth keeping in mind that there were no further save the dates for other “untitled Lightstorm productions”, AKA: the other three sequels to Avatar. Even with over two years until the release date in question, it does seem rather optimistic given Cameron’s own previously stated ambitions about Avatar.
As we deal with the Avatar conundrum, Fox has also claimed other dates on the release calendar. November 2, 2018 and February 14, 2019 have been reserved for two other Marvel movies, joining March 3, 2018 and June 29, 2018 as likely spots for future X-Men flicks. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Deadpool 2, New Mutants, and a slightly rebooted seventh X-Men movie are all in the mix and in need of spots on the calendar. The final move is October 6, 2017, which is now the new home for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The sequel to the 2014 Matthew Vaughan hit action comedy was supposed to come out in the summer of 2017, but it’s now taken over the spot once reserved for the perpetually stuck in development hall Gambit movie. Obviously, there’s no word on whether that’s found a new home, or whether it’s even still likely to happen.
Whatever happens with whatever movie and when, we’ll have all the details for you…