Avatar director James Cameron stated on Wednesday that the process of making the next films in the series is getting so complex that they need to be delayed. Cameron has been working on scripts for the next three Avatar films simultaneously, and while he intended to have all of them done later this month, the process has been more involved than he initially planned.
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, and parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.
As it stands now, the next Avatar film will be pushed back to 2017. That was originally when the third was set to be released, but there has been no word on whether or not that one will be pushed back as well.
Cameron is nothing if not ambitious, as the first Avatar film as well as many of his previous works proved. In Avatar in particular, he set off a new wave of 3D, thanks to the film being shot with 3D front and center in the process. Grossing almost $2.8 billion worldwide probably didn’t hurt either. While 3D hasn’t quite taken off to levels he probably would have liked, Cameron could likely give it another injection of life when Avatar 2 and the rest of the planned quadiliogy come out, if the sequels can continue to wow audiences like the first one did.
Along with the Avatar franchise, Cameron is also currently working on, or will soon be working on, several Terminator films over the next few years. There is no word on if the Avatar delays will have any impact on when those will come out.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter