Disney postpones James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, declares dates for Star Wars films

Armed with the upcoming releases of 20th Century Fox, the Walt Disney Co. again postponed Avatar sequels for a new batch of Star Wars releases and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story adaptation.

Since Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox was concluded in March, the studio has delayed the high-profile upcoming films under the acquisition movements.

Thus, the long wait for more Avatar films will go on a little longer.

Long delayed James Cameron’s Avatar 2 will now open in theatres on 17 December, 2021, instead of its most recent date of 18 December, 2020 that itself followed numerous already scrapped release dates. The subsequent Avatar sequels have postponed to 2023, 2025, and 2027, respectively.

Cameron’s original Avatar came out in 2009. Disney’s Avengers: Endgame is presently approaching the film’s $2.8 billion box-office record with $2.2 bn. in worldwide ticket sales after less than two weeks of release. Disney beforehand dated eight Marvel movies over the next three and a half years, still it’s yet to map out its post-Endgame cinematic universe.

Disney also dated three untitled Star Wars movies to arrive in theatres in 2022, 2024, and 2026. The company hasn’t exposed details of those projects. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is developing a new trilogy for the space series.

Similarly, a number of upcoming Fox films were delayed. James Grey’s science-fiction tale Ad Astra, with Brad Pitt, has been moved from 24 May to 20 September. The New Mutants, an X-Men movie release timing was changed from this summer to April next year. The X-Men spinoff Gambit has also been removed.

Disney is already on the verge to release a summer string of blockbusters including Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and The Lion King.

Cathleen Taff, Head of Distribution for Disney, said in a statement, “With a strong summer already in place, we are eager to carry that momentum forward over the coming years thanks to a creative wellspring of bold and imaginative stories coming from our world-class studios.”

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