James Cameron and the whole world are currently awaiting the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, the much-awaited sequel to his 2009 film Avatar. It has been nearly 13 years since its release and avid fans of the first installment cannot wait to feast their eyes on the film's second part which has been scheduled to release theatrically worldwide later this year on 16 December 2022.
Cameron had earlier mentioned that the film's run time is expected to be long and viewers should stop complaining about it and deal with it instead. He goes on to say that if people are able to sit and binge-watch a television show for 8 hours straight then watching this movie should not be a task.
The director has confirmed that he will be working on the third installment of the franchise as well, but will not be making the following two sequels (Avatar 4 and Avatar 5) after it and wants to 'pass the baton' to another filmmaker in order to shift his focus to other projects that he’s also currently developing.
During an interview, the esteemed director said, "The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming,” Cameron said. “I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting. 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.”
The upcoming epic science-fiction film is produced by 20th Century Studios with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, and Matt Gerald reprising their roles from the original film. New cast members include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, and Vin Diesel.