Avatar 2 delayed until 2017 due to the "complexity" of the script
James Cameron has revealed that the sequel to Avatar will now not be released until 2017.
The director, who was speaking at an event in New Zealand, blamed the delay on the "complexity" of the writing process, reports the Associated Press.
He said: "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. We're writing three simultaneously. And we've done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films."
He continued: "We're not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that. Parallel with that, we're doing all the design. So we've designed all the creatures and the environments."
Cameron plans to release three sequels to Avatar in successive years, now seemingly beginning in 2017. The original film was released in 2009 and grossed over $2.8 billion at the box office. Stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are confirmed to return for the sequels, which will be shot in New Zealand.