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Just when it looked as if “Star Wars: Episode VIII” would go head to head with “Avatar 2,” a new report contends the James Cameron sequel won’t be ready in time for its targeted Christmas 2017 release date.
It’s worth noting that Fox never officially announced a release date for “Avatar 2,” but Cameron confirmed just last month that he and the studio were aiming for Christmas 2017, with “Avatar 3″ and “Avatar 4″ intended to follow in 2018 and 2019.
However, he said, “I don’t consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart.”
TheWrap suggests the delay might further explain Disney’s decision this week to move “Star Wars: Episode VIII” from May 2017 to Christmas 2017. The studio pointed to “the extraordinary success” of “The Force Awakens” as the impetus for the date change, but the website theorizes executives also may have known they’d no longer be competing with “Avatar 2.”
Released in 2009, “Avatar” is the highest-grossing film of all time, with a box-office haul of $2.8 billion. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trails behind at No. 3, with $1.9 billion (and counting).