Well, they’ve been promising us this for a really, really long time, but it seems like James Cameron and crew are serious about it now.
Avatar 2 is now officially in production, and they’re also getting right to work on three additional sequels. In other words, there are now four Avatar movies in the pipeline, and they’ve even given us release dates (following the recent news that Avatar 2‘s release was being delayed again).
Here’s what we’ve got:
Avatar 2 – December 18th 2020
Avatar 3 – December 17th 2021
Avatar 4 – December 20th 2024
Avatar 5 – December 19th 2025
So it will take over a decade from the release of the first Avatar film (which was released in 2009 and took in $2.7 billion globally) to get us that initial sequel. Why is there a three year gap between Avatar 3 and Avatar 4? That’s anybody’s guess. Maybe James Cameron is hoping these will be fully immersive VR experiences by then or something.
More as we hear it, of course. We’d suggest that, finally, these release dates seem to be ones we can bank on. They’re also the US release dates, but we expect the UK releases will be around the same. It’ll be interesting to see if Lucasfilm and Disney keep a similar release window for their annual Star Wars films, given that Avatar seems to have decamped in advance around the date that Star Wars movies have been targeting.