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The final Avatar film has been pushed back and will now release in 2031
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The final Avatar film has been pushed back and will now release in 2031

The fifth film in the epic franchise will now be released 22 years after the original dropped.

Bad news to all you Avatar fans, as the final film in the franchise will now be released in 2031.

Disney has pushed back all the Avatar sequels, and now the fifth movie won’t hit cinemas until the next decade, which is 22 years after the original.

While initially Avatar 3 was scheduled for a release next year, it will now premiere December 19, 2025, meaning the fourth and fifth installments have also been delayed by three years.

Following the news, Avatar producer Jon Landau took to social media, detailing the reason for the significant delays.

“Each Avatar film is an exciting but epic undertaking that takes time to bring to the quality level we as filmmakers strive for and audiences have come to expect. The team is hard at work and can’t wait to bring audiences back to Pandora in December 2025,” he penned.

However, it’s yet to be confirmed if James Cameron will return as director for the fourth and fifth movies.

Shortly after the release of The Way of Water, the legendary filmmaker said that he might not have it in him to direct the ‘all-consuming’ films.

“I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting," he told Empire.

“I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over, so I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know."

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But alas, the director has teased the epic plot for Avatar 3, which he has promised to show the evil Na’vi fire tribe.

Cameron revealed they would show fans a darker side to Pandora that audiences haven’t seen yet.

"[I want to explore] different cultures from those I have already shown," Cameron told 20 Minutes.

"The fire will be represented by the 'Ash people'. I want to show the Na’vi from another angle because, so far, I have only shown their good sides."

He added that the early Avatar films portrayed humans in a bad light and the Na’vi as positive; however, the third film will see a shift.

"In Avatar 3 we will do the opposite. 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,” he said.

"The others were an introduction, a way to set the table before serving the meal."

We simply can’t wait.

Topics: Film and TV, James Cameron, Disney