James Cameron’s long awaited Avatar 2 has been pushed by another year. The sequel will now release on December 17, 2021 instead of December 18, 2020, as was originally planned. Following this move, the other two Avatar sequels will also release later than earlier announced dates.
Avatar 3 will open on December 22, 2023 as opposed to December 17, 2021 while Avatar 4 will release on December 17, 2027 instead of December 19, 2025.
The news comes as part of a larger shift in release dates revealed by Walt Disney Studios. This also comes after the movie mogul is trying to negotiate with various film debuts that it inherited after the massive acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets for $71.3 billion in March this year.
Star Wars universe will return as Disney announced release dates for three new movies from the franchise. These will release after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker closes the Skywalker spin-off saga in December this year. The three untitled films will release on December 16, 2022; December 20, 2024 and December 18, 2026.
The move is in line with Disney and Lucasfilm taking a breather after Skywalker and focusing on small screen and its new platform, Disney+.
After the massive box-office business of Avengers: Endgame the Mouse House has also adjusted a few upcoming Marvel releases.
21st Century Fox’s The New Mutants( an X- Men film) has been pushed to 2020. Another X-Men film, Gambit, has been removed from the studio’s schedule. The Channing Tatum led-spinoff was previously decided for March 13, 2020.
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story adaptation has also been moved to December 18, 2020 while Cruella( starring Emma Stone)a live-action 101 Dalmations spin-off has been moved to December 23, 2020.
Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut, will be released on September 20, 2019. A lot of summer 2019 films have been delayed.
Fox 2000’s The Art of Racing in the Rain has been moved to August 9th, Fox Searchlight’s Ready or Not to August 23 and Artemis Fowl has been moved to next year for May 29.