04/05/2012 10:28 am ET

'Avatar 2' Delayed? Producer Jon Landau Says Pandora Return Might Not Happen Until 2015

"Avatar 2" isn't as close to reality as you'd hope.

Speaking with Empire, producer Jon Landau revealed that the chances of an "Avatar" sequel hitting theaters by December of 2014 are dwindling rapidly.

"We're not really naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make," he said. "To us, it's about getting it right. [...] The first 'Avatar' was supposed to be 2008, it was 2009. Movies make release dates, release dates don't make movies."

About that dates thing: Back in January of last year, Cameron told EW.com that he was looking to send fans back to Pandora during the Christmas seasons in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

“I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now," he said. "We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan.”

Before you get too upset about the likely delay, note that "Avatar 2" is already in pre-production. Landau told Empire that plans are in motion with WETA, the visual effects house responsible for "Avatar" and "Lord of the Rings," to create new environments, including underwater sequences.

"It's not going to be all under water," Landau allowed. "It's going to be a place that we go to."

Watch Landau's chat with Empire above. For more, head over to Empire.com.


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