Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to return to Pandora.James Cameron
’s long-awaited and oft-delayed follow-up to “Avatar
” has been pushed back another year. “Avatar 2
” will hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2021 instead of Dec. 18, 2020 as originally planned. Its move means that “Avatar 3
” will open on Dec. 22, 2023 as opposed to Dec. 17, 2021 while “Avatar 4
” will bow on Dec. 19, 2025 instead of Dec. 20, 2024 and “Avatar 5
” will launch Dec. 17, 2027.
The news comes as part of a larger shift in release dates unveiled by Walt Disney Studios
. The company is changing the debuts of various films it inherited after buying the bulk of 21st Century Fox
’s film and television assets in a $71.3 billion mega-merger.
As part of the great release date shake-up, Disney
announced that a trio of untitled “Star Wars” entries that will come after “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
” brings the Skywalker spinoff saga to a close this December.