Even though more than a decade elapsed between Avatar and its sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, likely, the following three sequels won’t take as long to come out.
Starting with this December’s release of The Way of Water, a new Avatar film will be released every other December until 2028; this means that we won’t see Avatar 4 until the close of 2026 at the earliest. A significant portion of Avatar 4 has already been filmed, though, as producer Jon Landau has disclosed.
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Jon Landau gave a speech and screened 15 minutes of footage from Avatar 2 at the Busan International Film Festival, with little over two months left till James Cameron finally delivers the sequel. Landu told Variety that much of Avatar 4’s opening act is complete, and he did so while praising the cutting-edge technology on show in The Way of Water.
“We’ve completed most of the first act of Avatar 4 and there were logistical reasons why we needed to do that. We’ve designed most of the whole movie for Avatar 4 but we haven’t filmed all of it – just the first act.”
The release of Avatar 4 is still over half a decade away, but Jon Landau has said that the film’s opening act must be filmed now rather than later in the development process. At least this is encouraging news for Avatar fans that Avatar 4 will happen, and won’t be dismissed or cancelled leaving fans disappointed.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Matt Gerald, Dileep Rao, and David Thewlis are just some of the performers slated to return for Avatar 4. Whoever was involved in this very early shot will be revealed when the first act of Avatar 4 is released at the end of 2026.
The original James Cameron-helmed Avatar film has been sensibly re-released in cinemas in anticipation of the upcoming sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, and has new, never-before-seen footage of Cameron’s amazing underwater technology in action.