After a 13-year wait for the sequel, it's understandable that fans are sceptical of that release timeline for Avatar: The Way of Water, the first in a planned series of Avatar films that will culminate in Avatar 5 in December 2028.

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James Cameron does seem very optimistic that we'll be getting Avatar 3 as planned on December 20, 2024.

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"We've already done the bulk of the work. We still have to go through the whole finish process with Wētā FX on Avatar 3. But I'm pretty sure that we’re going to be back here in a couple of years," he told Digital Spy.

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Avatar: The Way of Water's protracted delay can be partially attributed to director James Cameron's desire to have completed screenplays for all four of the planned sequels before the start of actual filming.

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Surprisingly, not much has altered from those original tales to form the general narrative of the Sully family after the events of the first film.

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"It hasn't changed at all. We're right on course – assuming that we're successful, right? Obviously we've got to make a profit or we're not going to keep doing it and beating our heads against the wall," Cameron rsaid.

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"But if we're successful, you know, movie three is in the can. Part of movie four is in the can. The rest of the script, I strongly believe in. I really strongly believe in the script for five." 

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He continued, "Now, that said, every movie is a journey. The last draft of the script is when you edit the film, and things move around, and things come out, and things that emerge as being really interesting get elevated. "

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"That's a whole other draft. And [The Way of Water] changed a lot in the editing process from the written page." 

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Cameron also spoke about his intention to surprise the audience with the sequel, which had its global premiere earlier this week and earned overwhelmingly positive initial reviews, as reported by Digital Spy.

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