Back in January Avatar producer Jon Landau said “it will be four or so years” before we can expect to see the sequel, and in a new interview Landau said that while work on Avatar 2 is already under-way, it’s unlikely to hit its original December 2014 release date.
“We’re not naming dates, but I think 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”.
“We’ve started already, WETA are already working and we have our core team, (animation supervisor) Richie Baneham and (digital effects supervisor) Nolan Murtha, working with us. And we’re working on underwater performance-capture. It’s going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie,” explains the producer. “It’s not going to be all underwater; it’s going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to.”
Sam Worthington has previously said that James Cameron still hasn’t got a complete script and he’s trying to “push the boundaries” in regards to the technology, which could be one of the reasons for the delay. Despite having to wait 4+ years the sequels will be shot back-to-back so whenever the second film hits, the third won’t be far off.