The sequel to Avatar, which is directed by James Cameron, is consistently being delayed. Earlier this month, the movie was once again delayed to a later date than the expected release date in 2020.
The first Avatar movie was released back in 2009 and holds the title of the worldwide highest-grossing film. It made a whopping 2.8 billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
In 2010, a year after the first movie was released, the producer, James Cameron, had already made plans for two additional upcoming sequels. None of which have been released yet.
Initially, he said that the first two sequels would be released in 2014 and 2015, seven years earlier than the current projected date that the movie is set to come out.
In 2012, the first indicator that the movie was going to be delayed from the original schedule was when Cameron suggested the date should be pushed back due to time constraints.
Cameron envisioned a sequel that would fulfill the public’s standards of a top quality movie. Because of these high expectations, he believed that more time was necessary in order to perfect the production.
Again, in 2013, Cameron bought 2,500 acres of land in New Zealand in order to shoot the movie. Unfortunately for excited fans, though, it was clear that the movie would not make the second deadline in 2014. This is because the land was bought only a year before the movie was set to be released.
Later on, it was announced that the movie was set to be released in 2016, but again the date was pushed back because Cameron wanted each sequel to have more of an independent storyline.
By April 2016, there was supposed to be a sequel that would come out in 2018, but Cameron claimed that it would not make that deadline either, angering many anxious fans.
The overall reason for the movie being delayed all these years is the simple fact that Cameron wants to perfect his work and meet the high expectations that would be set by a top-grossing film.
Currently, the first sequel, titled “Avatar 2” is set to be released on Dec. 17 of 2021, followed by the sequels, which will be released chronologically in the years after.
Right now, it is undetermined whether the movie will truly be released in 2021, however the extra time spent on it by the producers will likely make it a memorable one.