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It took James Cameron nearly a full two decades from when he wrote the synopsis of Avatar down to opening day of the movie. Maybe the wait was worth it since the movie went on to gross over one billion dollars at the box office and become the highest grossing film of all-time (to date.) But will seven years have to go by between the opening of the first Avatar and the release of the sequel?
The answer is, quite possibly, yes.
Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau attended a press event in London today where several scenes of Titanic 3D were shown off to the assembled journalists. In attendance was one member from the Bleeding Cool website, and they heard something that didn't line up with what we had been told about the forecasted release of Avatar 2. The first mentions of when we could expect to see Cameron's return to the moon of Pandora would be in 2013, but that was later amended to a more relaxed schedule of holiday 2014.
Today, in conversation with the Titanic 3D press, Landau said that we were four years away from being able to watch Avatar 2. If taken literally, and from a starting point of 2012, that would place the first sequel's release in 2016.
Since the new year has just begun, perhaps Landau was drawing a bead on a targeted release of Avatar 2 around the Christmas season of 2015. Still, that would be one year later than what we had all believed was the holiday '14 schedule.
Bleeding Cool's reporter wasn't able to follow up and ask Landau to confirm the four-year out remark as the new ETA for Avatar 2 or if it was a slip of the tongue. As far as anyone knows Cameron and Landau's plan is to film Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back.
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