Some quarreling reports have made their way out into the world about the potential release window for James Cameron‘s sequel to the biggest movie ever made, Avatar.
Back in October of 2010 we found out that the plan appeared to be to shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back, and release them in the years 2014 and 2015, respectively. Now, according to sources, we might not even see the first sequel until the year 2016.
During a recent screening for the re-release of Titanic in 3D, producer Jon Landau supposedly stated that Avatar 2 would not arrive until 2016—seven years after the first was released. Rumors of why this might be include Cameron wanting to be able to continue using cutting edge 3D technologies and/or that he might want to shoot the sequels at 60 frames per second (most movies shoot at 24 FPS, while Peter Jackson will double that on The Hobbit, shooting at 48 FPS).
Then again, this could all just be a big misunderstanding. It wouldn’t be the first time.
According to Empire, they spoke to Landau just recently and he denied there being any kind of delay. He more loosely said something about it being “four years out” and when asked more directly if it would be in the 2014 bubble we had heard or if it had fallen back to a 2016 bubble, he replied “It’s in that window, ’14, ’15.”
With how big these movies, no date or delay would be surprising at all, really. But it sounds at the moment like something was either said incorrectly or misunderstood, leading to some confusion.
When your release “date” is hovering over an entire year, there’s plenty of sway expected in one direction or another. For Avatar 2, at the moment, it still sounds like we can expect something in the 2014 to 2015 time frame.
Nothing is known yet about where the sequels will take us, but according to one report back in March, Michelle Rodriguez said the second film would take place under water.
[Source: Empire, Metro]