James Cameron delays Avatar sequels by a year

James Cameron has confirmed that the Avatar sequels will be delayed by around a year or so, with the director revealing that more work is needed to complete the scripts.

Cameron had initially planned to release a first sequel in 2016, with a further two arriving in 2017 and 2018. However, it seems as thought that schedule was a little optimistic…

"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," said Cameron (via Yahoo!)before conceding that the initial plan was "probably too ambitious".

On top of the screenwriting issues, Cameron also pointed out that there are also rigorous design requirements that contribute to the herculean pre-production process…

"We’re writing three simultaneously," says Cameron, "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." Given how personal a project this is to Cameron, it's no surprise to hear he wants to get everything note perfect. Hopefully it will be worth the wait...