It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that with all the hub-bub about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and how it opened on the same day six years after Avatar, and how it looks primed to beat the nearly $3 billion made by Avatar, that the time was right for a James Cameron reappearance. On cue, the so-called “King of the World” decided to take this opportunity to update us all on his own sci-fi franchise, the long, long-awaited sequels to Avatar. Despite the universal quiet lately on all things Avatar, Cameron has said that he’s, like, *this* close to staring the movies, and that they’re still on target for a release date two year hence.

While talking to the Montreal Gazette, affirmed that Avatar 2 is still looking good for its December 2017 release, with two more movies to follow every year after that. But how is Avatar so close to relaunch? Apparently, it’s all done – the design work, the set construction, all the technical concerns  – except for the script. But it’s almost finished!

“Christmas of ’17 is the target,” Cameron told the paper. “At least, that’s what we’ve announced. But I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story.

“We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. [We’ve finished] all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.”

Considering the number of visual effect involved with the project, and that three films are being shot back-to-back-to-back, even with a cursory knowledge of filmmaking you have to wonder if Cameron isn’t being too ambitious about meeting that December 2017 deadline; the first Avatar began filming in April 2007 for its December 2009 release. Of course, Cameron himself said that the release date doesn’t matter as much as getting the films right, and if there’s one guy in Hollywood that’s allowed to pushed back his release date, it’s James Cameron.

Avatar 2 will be in theaters everywhere in December 2017. Or whenever.

Source: Coming Soon

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