by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
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This is the week of rearranging for movie studios. Films like Jumanji, Spider-Man and the new Pirates of the Caribbean all jumped dates around for 2017. But the biggest move of all was Star Wars Episode VIII from May to December 2017…until now.
The Wrap reports that James Cameron’s Avatar 2 has been taken off the Christmas 2017 block and pushed back to an as-yet-determined date.
At first look it would seem that Cameron didn’t want to compete with Star Wars, but that’s not the case. The Avatar sequels have been penciled in for 2014, 2015 AND 2016. Cameron has said that 2017 was a good target for release but wants to wait until he has all three sequels done so that FOX can release them a year apart from each other.
Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have Christmas 2017 all to itself…because let’s be honest – anything else coming out against Star Wars that wasn’t Avatar is a far and away second choice. It also would seem very likely that Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One might move from their December 15, 2017 release date, as well.
Details about Avatar 2 are being kept under tight wraps. We know that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their roles and that Cameron has been working on doing underwater motion capture filming. Other than that it’s anyone’s guess.
When FOX does pick a solid release date (which smart money says should be in the heart of Summer Blockbuster Season) we’ll have that new right here at Indierevolver!