I absolutely loved Avatar when it hit cinemas back in late 2009. Not only was it the first (maybe even the only) modern film to really showcase the best of what 3D can do but it was a proper sci-fi epic told on a scale that only James Cameron can.
Sure it was silly and overblown and more than a little like Pocohontas but when you're delivering action of that calibre alongside cutting edge special effects that still look mind-blowing today I really don't care.
Also when they cut trailers like this...
But for fans of the film, it's been a quiet time since Cameron released his extended cut a year or so later. He's been talking up a sequel ever since, in fact a trio of films set in and around Pandora which might be something like The Godfather, just with people who look a little like stretched Smurfs.
It's already been six years but the 60 year old Canadian filmmaker is still working on the script, though now he has a little more time to tinker as Cameron has just revealed we won't catch a glimpse of Pandora until 2017.
Right now, his new trilogy of films are set to release in 2017, 2018 and 2019 - putting the finale on the 10th anniversary of the release of the original Avatar. There's a certain kind of symmetry there which is appealing but in the meantime I just want to see some Cameron style explosions on the big screen.
Talking to the Associated Press, Cameron admitted that writing and producing all three films at the same time is the real cause for the delay:
"There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film. [...]We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments."
He's making encouraging mouth noises, and no doubt three films as complex as Avatar will be a difficult thing to pull off but I have to say the wait already feels interminable. I'll just have to watch the blu-ray again...
Avatar 2 will be in cinemas in 2017. Unless there's another delay.