In a world full of news about release dates delayed due to closed theaters, production halts, or the powers the be hating New Mutants, I’m to buck that trend today. James Cameron has announced that Avatar 2 may still make its December 17, 2021 release date. While this may not be the most anticipated film in the next few years, it is exciting news that a project this massive could still be on track in a world riddled with COVID-19 complications.
Released in 2009, Avatar and its groundbreaking visual effects wasted no time in rising to become the highest grossing film of all time- a mantle that it held for 10 years until Avengers: Endgame released last year. Avatar wasn’t an original story by any stretch of the imagination; we had seen the basic story beats before in Dances With Wolves, Pocahontas, Furn Gully, The Last Samurai, and The Last of the Mohicans. However, audiences didn’t seem to care, as it was a must watch in the cinema. I personally saw it twice in theaters.
Cameron announced in 2017 that he had 4 Avatrar sequels in some stage of production. General audiences seemed to have soured on the idea of expanding this film universe, but given his success with Aliens, Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic and the aforementioned Avatar, I personally am excited that Cameron is back behind the camera.