The Walt Disney Company has announced that the next three installments of James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar” series will be delayed.
The studio also pushed back the release dates of “Thunderbolts” and “Blade,” two Marvel films that have been hampered by the ongoing Hollywood writers strike.
On Twitter, “Avatar” producer Jon Landau stated that the filmmakers required extra time to finish the third, fourth, and five installments in the science-fiction series set on the fictitious moon of Pandora.
“Avatar 3,” which was supposed to be released in December 2024, has been pushed back to December 2025. “Avatar 4” will be released in December 2029, followed by “Avatar 5” in December 2031.
“Each Avatar film is an exciting but epic undertaking that takes time to bring to the level of quality we as filmmakers strive for and audiences have come to expect,” Landau wrote. “The team is hard at work, and we can’t wait to bring audiences back to Pandora in December 2025.”
One Marvel film, a sequel to “Deadpool” starring Ryan Reynolds, will be released sooner than expected. It will hit theatres in May 2024, rather than November 2024.