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Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2015

Fox confirms ‘Avatar 2’ for Christmas 2017, James Cameron has ‘own pace’

Fans of Avatar will get their wish a bit later than expected as the sequel to Avatar, which was originally slated to come out in 2016, will arrive two years from Christmas.

While director James Cameron said in January that it will arrive in theaters next year, the studio execs shed some light on the delay.

“Jim Cameron has his own pace,” 20th Century Fox chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos stated at the Gabelli & Company’s Movie & Entertainment Conference in New York City.

The Fox studio chief said he fully expects the follow-up to the highest-grossing film of all time will hit theaters during the 2017 Christmas holidays with two subsequent sequels arriving in 2018 and 2019.

The sequels will be shot simultaneously and Gianopulos told the investors in the crowd that he visited Cameron at his offices in New Zealand two months ago.

“It’s a room…which is covered floor to ceiling with images, characters, worlds, settings,” said Gianopulos. “It’s the most amazing, breathtaking thing you’ve ever seen. His challenge is to put all of that in a movie.”

Avatar Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana duo photoThe first film carried a $237 million production pricetag, was shot largely with greenscreens, and was one of the first big bets on live-action 3D films.

Gianopulos joked that the director’s pitch left Fox executives perplexed.

“There was that moment when Jim Cameron said 10-foot blue people with tails,” said Gianopulos, referencing the film’s alien characters. “In the first movie he created technology that was so far ahead of its time,” he added. “Of course now he’s gone past that…all the pieces are in place. The story is being finalized.”

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are set to return as the lead characters with Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang both attached despite their characters’ deaths in the first film.

Sigourney Weaver Dr grace Avatar photo

Stephen Lang Colonel Miles Quaritch Avatar photo

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