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James Cameron's Avatar Film Sequels Delayed, Expanded to 4 Films

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that James Cameron's planned trilogy of sequel Avatar films will now be four planned sequel films. Cameron also said that the first sequel be released around Christmas in 2018 with sequels following around Christmas in 2020, 2022, and 2023, respectively. Cameron made the announcements at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

The first sequel had been slated to open in late 2016, and then was delayed until late 2017 before this most recent delay.

Cameron had originally stated that he planned to start developing the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga in 2017. He has also stated previously that the film would not start until his work on the Avatar sequel films was finished, and reaffirmed that statement in 2014. The Hollywood Reporter reported in October that Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is in negotiations to direct the film under the title Alita: Battle Angel. Cameron and Jon Landau are producing the project.

Deadline did not report if Cameron made any comments at CinemaCon about whether he delay and expansion of the Avatar films will mean further delays for the Alita: Battle Angel film.

Source: Deadline; Anthony D'Alessandro via ICv2

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