‘AVATAR’ Producer Says Sequel Isn’t Likely To Make 2014 Release Date. 4D NOT YET MASTERED.
The sequels for Avatar was supposed to start dropping on our futile simian brains starting in 2014. They would herald the unfurling of the fourth dimension in cinema, and allow James Cameron to ride a pile of baby corpses all the way to his secret base on Mars. The problem with mastering the 4D is that it takes some time, and it appears that Avatar 2: I See You Ethnographic Stare is going to be a smidge late.
Indeed, at a Titanic 3D screening early this year, Cameron’s long-time producer Jon Landau said that the first Avatar sequel is likely four years away. Now, in a new interview promoting Titanic 3D, he offers a little more about the Avatar sequel, saying that 2014 doesn’t look likely, but that things are underway.
In an interview with Empire, Landau compared the planned underwater sequences in Avatar 2 with the floating mountains in Avatar, saying that it won’t be the bulk of the film, but rather something that the characters experience here and there. He also said that Cameron’s recent dive into the Marianas Trench is “a science expedition,” but one that will likely provide inspiration for further movies, with the implication that Avatar 2 could reflect his own underwater experience.
As to when we’re likely to see Avatar 2, the producer said,
We’re not really naming dates on that, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. To us it’s about getting it right. Titanic was supposed to be a summer movie; it was a December movie. The first Avatar was supposed to be 2008; it was 2009. Movies make release dates; release dates don’t make movies. We want to get it right.
We’ve started already. WETA are already working and we have our core team, (animation supervisor) Richie Baneham and (digital effects supervisor) Nolan Murtha, working with us… They are working on environments, they are working on…some of the movie is going to be underwater, how do we do performance capture underwater.
Listen. You can’t rush the fourth dimension.