Another day, another Avatar 2 pushback. Hope you weren’t planning on seeing it any time soon!
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) May 7, 2019
As The Hollywood Reporter um, reports, the film was initially slated for 2014, with Avatar 3 scheduled for 2015. Those dates were announced in 2010, by the way, and then pushed back in 2012… Which means LOL this film has been in production for NINE YEARS AND COUNTING.
Then, there was going to be two more sequels–or maybe a sequel and a prequel, no one seems sure–all announced while just one sequel has been taking, as mentioned, nine years.
All of which to say: WTF IS GOING ON WITH THESE MOVIES.
Well, part of it is, apparently, Avatar mastermind James Cameron is struggling with the writing process:
“There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film. … We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that.”
I’m not a screenwriter, of course, but my spidey-senses tell me maybe focusing on ONE three-hour epic at a time is maybe the best course of action? But what do I know?
Also it’s worth noting that Cameron’s writing skills have been… um… let’s say, the subject of debate over the years.
Anyway, as it stands now, we’ll get Avatar 2 in 2021, Avatar 3 in 2023, Avatar 4 in 2025 and Avatar 5 in 2027.
The real question here is whether Avatar’s fandom will even still be alive by then, but let’s not focus on the details. James Cameron clearly isn’t!
Anyway, judging by the social media reaction, that fandom is definitely getting antsy!
All Avatar movies have been pushed back 1-2 years. pic.twitter.com/Eq3scsn7DQ
— Jim Maxwell (@1jcmaxwell) May 7, 2019
This is like the 5th delay for Avatar 2 and the nerd in me is PISSED https://t.co/Pe73D9JrVA
— Olivia (@_LivvyHope_) May 7, 2019
The first announced release date for AVATAR 2, if you're keeping track, was December 2014.
— Scott Renshaw (@scottrenshaw) May 7, 2019
who's excited to see avatar 2 in 2067??? 😳
— YOU FUCKIN MAKE IT THEN IF YOURE SO GOD DAMN SMART (@Gay_Furby) May 7, 2019
me, seated in the theater for Avatar 2 pic.twitter.com/ksLgiP4MrP
— Robert Kessler (@robertkessler) May 7, 2019
Sometimes I stop and realize that there's a whole slew of folks that have been working on Avatar 2 for like 15 years and I feel better about my own day-to-day productivity.
— Tim Mason (@TimMasonChicago) May 7, 2019
We’re all gonna be dead before avatar 2 comes out :/
— Trey Thomas (@uno_dos_treys) May 7, 2019
I’ve got a plan: if none of us show up for Avatar 2, we won’t have to deal with the pain and suffering of an Avatar 5 – make Disney cancel them all https://t.co/yL4Vh66Fkj
— girlgenius. (@SlimJosa) May 7, 2019
Not to tangentially open the silly "'Avatar' has had no impact" argument, but… there'd seem to be a non-zero chance "Avatar 2" disappoints at the box office in a big way. So what happens then, with all these further sequels slated?
— Daniel D'Addario (@DPD_) May 7, 2019
Though some fans are staying die-hard on principle:
bookmarking everyone’s posts making fun of the Avatar sequels for when they’re hospitalized for crying too much during Avatar 2. believing in Jim now, as I always do
— saying “lel” out loud to Bumble date (@ByYourLogic) May 7, 2019
Anyway, if you’re ever feeling down about how much you procrastinate, just remember: at least you’re not literally a decade behind on your work! It’s all about perspective!