Is it just coincidence that “Avatar 2” (to be released Christmas 2017) got delayed, when “Star Wars 8pushed its release date from May to December 2017?

Fans of the 3D adventure film, set in the land of Pandora, are frustrated with the delay. Irish Examiner informed that this is the first of the three announced sequels, which was supposed to hit the screens in 2014. It was later moved to 2015, 2016 and 2017. Now, there is no news on the film’s release date. However, trade analysts believe that the delay works in favour of both the films.

According to ScreenRant, this delay makes sure that the sequel won’t interfere with the release of “Star Wars 8.” It also gives plenty of time to the respective production houses, Fox and Disney to plan the release of subsequent sequels.

As The Wrap reported, the studio did not comment on the delay which has been confirmed by sources close to the project. What is interesting is a fact that though director James Cameron had mentioned about getting the holiday season in 2017 with “Avatar 2,” Fox never set a formal release date. This is because of the way it is being filmed and not the fear of losing out to any rivals.

According to MovieWeb, all the “Avatar” sequels, “Avatar 2,” “Avatar 3” and “Avatar 4,” will be produced simultaneously this year. This means that “Avatar 2” is being filmed as a part of a larger story and not just a standalone sequel. It is speculated that Fox Studios will not set a release date for “Avatar 2” until it’s certain that the release of “Avatar 3” and “Avatar 4” are also ready to be set, notes ScreenRant.

In an interview with The Montreal Gazette, James Cameron said, “We have (the) design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It’s been about a two-year task. (We’ve finished) all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new worlds within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So, we’re really poised to start after the first of the year.”

Given the complexity Cameron is dealing with, we hope that “Avatar” sequels hit the big screen soon.