James Cameron has provided an update on Avatar 3, which he says is in ‘hectic’ post-production, and on track for release in late 2025.
Whatever you thought about last year’s Avatar: The Way Of Water, we can all at least agree that James Cameron delivered on the promise of its title. The sci-fantasy sequel sure had a lot of water in it.
Thankfully, the gap between The Way Of Water and its sequel will be much smaller than the 13-year expanse which separated the 2022 film from the original Avatar, which came out in 2009. In fact, the recent strikes that have caused all sorts of disruptions in Hollywood haven’t affected Avatar 3′s long-scheduled release in December 2025.
Speaking at a live event in New Zealand, Cameron confirmed that Avatar 3 is now in a “very hectic two years of post-production,” and will emerge at “Christmas of 2025.”
Given how many times the second Avatar film was delayed, that’s good news for the legion fans who helped The Way Of Water make some $2.3bn at the box office.
In the same interview (as reported by Gamespot), meanwhile, Cameron also talked a little about Avatar 3′s story, and the new characters we’ll encounter in it.
Continuing the franchise’s elemental theme, the film which might be called Avatar: The Seed Bearer will seemingly counter The Way Of Water with a more fiery kind of alien society. “The fire will be represented by the Ash people,” Cameron said. “I want to show the Na’vi from another angle because, so far, I have only shown their good sides.”
It’s the opposite from the first two movies, Cameron added, where humans were depicted as almost entirely villainous, and the Na’vi as peace-loving.
“In Avatar 3, we will do the opposite,” the director said. “We will also explore new worlds, while continuing the story of the main characters. I can say that the last parts will be the best. The others were an introduction, a way to set the table before serving the meal.”
Avatar 3 will see the return of regulars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington and Stephen Lang, who’ll be joined by newcomers Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis and Oona Chaplin.
To date, Cameron hasn’t yet addressed the rumours that there might be an intimidating-sounding nine-hour cut of Avatar 3 in the offing.
More on Avatar 3 as it comes in.