Official statement from James Cameron on Avatar films' release delay
The filmmaker gave an update on the status of the production of the multiple sequels and how coronavirus outbreak has affected certain aspects of filming
James Cameron took to Twitter via the official Avatar account to address the recently announced release delays of the forthcoming films in the franchise. He gave an update on the status of the production of the multiple sequels and how the coronavirus outbreak has affected certain aspects of filming.
The filmmaker began by saying “I see you” in Na’vi, the official language of Pandora and then went on to say that the team is currently filming in New Zealand, but the pandemic is preventing them from doing virtual production work on their stages in Los Angeles. “That work is just as critical to films as the live-action work,” he stated.
Cameron added that the first Avatar sequel was on track for a December 2021 release date prior to the pandemic, but the coronavirus outbreak has impacted the schedule and they will no longer be able to make that date.
“There is no one more disappointed about this delay than me,” he wrote. “But I am buoyed by the incredible performances of our cast and the extraordinary work that Weta Digital is doing bringing the world of Pandora and the characters of the film to life.”
He also thanked Disney Studios and fans for their support. “Most of all, I am grateful to you, our fans, for your support over the years and I promise that what we bring to cinemas will deliver.”
Cameron ended by saying “Thank you” in Na’vi.
A message from James Cameron.
Irayo, Na'vi Nation. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/Uwi2J6xF4k
— Avatar (@officialavatar) July 23, 2020
The date changes for the sequels are as follows: Avatar 2 (December 17, 2021 is now December 16, 2022), Avatar 3 (previously December 22, 2023 is now December 20, 2024), Avatar 4 (formerly December 19, 2025 goes to December 18, 2026), and Avatar 5 (from December 27, 2027 to December 22, 2028).