The sequel to one of the most visually impressive movies of recent times is still a way off.
In case you hadn't heard, James Cameron has put in motion two sequels to 2009's sensational hit fantasy film Avatar for consecutive release in the near future. Avatar 2 will take place after the events of its predecessor, beginning a two-part story arc using elements from the original that will then build towards the epic finale in the third film. However, producer Jon Landeau confirmed to Empire Magazine recently that the first of the two further adventures may well miss its projected 2014 release date. "We're not naming dates," he said, "But I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It's about getting it right...movies make release dates, release dates don't make movies!" That's a fair point really, but Landeau did at least assure us that SFX designers WETA had already begun work on the animations for the new movie, so work has at least commenced on it rather than things feeling as if they were in limbo. The underwater world Cameron has teased will by no means be the only location of the flick either, says Landeau, which is a relief as that could have made for one heck of a boring title. Avatar 2 is now estimated for release in 2015, and should this occur then Avatar 3 will likely hit in 2016. (Boy, is that thinking ahead, eh?)