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By nathanb648 at 2:30 pm, April 5, 2012

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The original plan for the sequels to the James Cameron hit, Avatar, was to film them at the same time and release the second in December 2014 and the third in December 2015.

Producer Jon Landau now tells Empire that “2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It’s about getting it right… Movies make release dates; release dates don’t make movies.” The new plan is looking at pushing them both back a year to 2015 and 2016.

We do know that they have started working on the project, and, for those who don’t know, it’s said to have a lot to do under water.

Are you upset about the delay? Okay with it? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    Its a little annoying but I am sure they pushed them back for a good reason and they will be better because of it.

    Its not like WB pushing back Harry Potter and the HBP just so they could try and make more money off of it in the summer.

  • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

    “Movies make release dates; release dates don’t make movies.”  hahaha…that made me laugh so much.  I love it.  In many cases the opposite is the tragic reality.  I wish we could have told that to our producers.  We were locked in and advertising our release date in teasers for The Simpsons Movie before we really had any production going.  Although if we had the flexibility to delay our movie to whenever we felt we got it right I’m sure the writers would have re-worked the script indefinitely and it would have never come out in theaters.  These guys are lucky they are powerful enough to have the luxury to decide whenever they wish to release their film.  However, the longer they wait they risk Avatar becoming irrelevant.  Although the delay may also work in their favor by increasing demand.  We shall just have to wait and see. 

    • Johanna

      i doubt avatar will ever be irrelevant, but i think you are right about a certain ‘hype’ factor…

    • http://dervish-banges.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Look at Toy Story 3. 10 years and they still had a major success.

      • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

        Yeah, if you wait long enough it becomes nostalgia instead.  You either act quickly while there is still a lot of buzz or you wait until it deeply missed.  I think there’s a gray middle area though when it is right to reboot.  It’s all about timing.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCJSDSEDKYOBEKWGIXCDB2QPYA Henry

        you cant compare toystory… those characters are epic.

  • Liderc

    Who needs 3-4 years to make a movie?  I understood the length of making the first Avatar because Cameron was waiting for technology to advance and creating the cameras, building the teams capable ect… but there’s no reason there would need to be 6-7 years between the first movie and the sequel. 

    Avatar came out in 2009, by 2015 who knows what will be going on.

    I guess when your last 2 movies hold the record for highest grossing movies of all time by a margin of billions, you can do whatever you want heh.

    • moonshoespotter1712

      For a perfectionist like James Cameron, and for a project like Avatar, you do need that long! LOTR took about 5-6 years to make, including post and pre production. 

      • Liderc

        LOTR was all shot at once.  So they made shot the 3 films over a 16 month period. That’s a bit different than the way Avatar’s being shot. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCJSDSEDKYOBEKWGIXCDB2QPYA Henry

    i loved avatar in theatre but once i bought it on Blueray…. i only watched it once… Replay Value sucks on that movie. 

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    that seems so far away ill be old by then

  • fruttivendolo

    Whenever Cameron finally churns this film out, it’ll quite conveniently coincide with the opening of the Avatar park in Disney World. It’s practically a guarantee. People have generally forgotten about Avatar and would probably not come to Disney just for this park. A sequel is the best advertisement you could ask for, assuming it’s done well.

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