‘Avatar 2’ has reportedly been delayed again

James Cameron's sequel has been been due to hit cinema screens in Christmas 2017

James Cameron’s Avatar sequel has apparently been pushed back again.

Writer-director Cameron is working on three sequels to his 2009 blockbuster – the highest-grossing film of all time – and is planning to release them one a year for three consecutive years. Originally, the first sequel was supposed to come out in late 2016, but last year Cameron delayed it to Christmas 2017.

However, Avatar 2 has now disappeared from 20th Century Fox’s 2017 release slate and the studio has yet to confirm when the sequel is now expected to arrive in cinemas. The move from a Christmas 2017 release date means Avatar 2 will not have to compete with the next Star Wars film, which is now due to hit cinema screens in December of that year.

When Avatar 2 was pushed back to Christmas 2017 last year, the studio’s Chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos told investors: “Jim Cameron has his own pace.”

Released in 2009, Avatar became the highest-grossing film ever after raking in nearly $2.8 billion (£1.8 billion) at cinemas worldwide. It was nominated for nine Oscars the following year, taking home three in technical categories. Cameron shot the original film in New Zealand and will also shoot the sequels there after making a preferential tax deal with the country’s government.