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'Avatar' Sequels Delayed, 2014 Release Date Was 'A Bit Optimistic'

The sequel to the biggest movie of all time has been bumped a couple of times now. While the plan of shooting two films back to back is still on track, the release date for Avatar 2 looks like it will be getting bumped out of its 2014 target date.

Producer Jon Landau spoke with Empire where he admitted that the 2014 release date for Avatar 2 was a bit optimistic.

"We're not really naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. For us, it's about getting it right. Movies make release dates, release dates don't make movies."

While we can all appreciate Landau and the Avatar crew doing what is necessary to "get it right" bumping Avatar 2 to 2015 means Avatar 3 most likely won't hit theaters until 2016, a date that seems so far into the future.

Landau adds that WETA has already begun working on the sequels, saying, "We have our core team. We're working on underwater performance capture."

It has been widely reported that Avatar 2 will be set under the seas of Pandora, combining two of James Cameron's passions (the sea and movies) as evidenced in this weekend's re-release of Titanic. That been said, Landau says the underwater action won't dominate the movie.

"It's going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie. It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to."

While the film crew is busy creating more eye-popping creatures, look for Avatar 2 and 3 to hit theaters sometime in the next 3-5 years.


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