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Report: James Cameron's Avatar sequel delayed

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Christmas 2017 will belong to Star Wars and Disney once again

Just one month after director James Cameron confirmed the sequel to Avatar would hit theaters next Christmas, it appears circumstances have changed.

According to The Wrap's sources, Cameron and 20th Century Fox have decided to delay the release, giving no indication as to when the movie may finally hit theaters.

This isn't the first time the sequel to Cameron's 2009 blockbuster has been delayed, either. The movie was supposed to be released Christmas 2015, but was pushed back because of production problems. Cameron then announced that the new plan would be to release a new Avatar movie every year from 2017 to 2019, bringing the trilogy to a close.

The delay will inevitably affect the release of the second and third films, which will be pushed back to 2019 and 2020 at the earliest.

Although there's no specific reason as to why the movie was pushed back, speculation has already begun that Fox didn't want to compete with Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII. Disney announced yesterday that the second installment in the new Star Wars trilogy would be pushed back seven months, giving the movie a Dec. 15 release date.

Both Avatar stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington signed on to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully in the upcoming trilogy in 2014.

Fox has yet to comment on the report, but Polygon has reached out for comment.

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