One of the most anticipated movies in recent memory is undoubtedly James Cameron's Avatar 2, especially since the original pulled in over $2 billion worldwide. But, Empire is reporting that fans shouldn't be holding their breath for the second installment in this sci-fi epic. In an interview with the site, Avatar producer, Jon Landau, revealed that the film will most likely miss its rumored 2014 release date.
"We're not naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It's about getting it right," said Landau. "Movies make release dates; release dates don't make movies."
This could mean that a 2015 release is likely, but nothing is confirmed yet. The current plan is to film Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back and release them a year apart. This doesn't mean that work isn't being done on the film; it's quite the opposite, actually. With a production this big and complicated, new technology has to be invented, and Landau promises that there will be a lot to look forward to when we return to Pandora.
"We've started already," Landau told the site. "WETA are already working and we have our core team, (animation supervisor) Richie Baneham and (digital effects supervisor) Nolan Murtha, working with us. And we're working on underwater performance-capture." He continued, "It's going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie. It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to."
CGI water effects are extremely complicated, but when done correctly, they could look absolutely phenomenal. It's a shame that we're about three years removed from seeing any of it, but patience is a virtue for movie fans.
[Empire via The Guardian]