We already knew that visionary director James Cameron was working on two sequels to his epic sci-fi, Avatar. We also knew that the director has been locked away in New Zealand writing the sequels, and we just found out that he has hired Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) to help write Avatar 2. There have also been rumours hanging around for years that Cameron is actually planning not two, but three sequels to Avatar, with the plan to shoot Avatar 2 & 3 back to back, and the fourth movie following later. All in all, Cameron has promised to dedicate a decade to Avatar, and news today has confirmed that this is exactly what he intends to do.
Fox have officially announced that Cameron will be making not two, but three more Avatar films, with the first sequel finally hitting cinemas in December 2016. It has also been announced that Cameron has enlisted the help of a few more writers: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who both wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn on the Planet of the Apes, and are currently working on Jurassic Park 4.
The Press Release:
The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Like the original film, Lightstorm will work with Joe Letteri and his team at WETA Digital to realize the worlds of the sequels.
Commented Cameron: “Building upon the world we created with AVATAR has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I’ve come to realize that AVATAR’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I’ve long admired - to join me in completing the films screenplays.”
Commented 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos: “We at the studio have no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of AVATAR. The growing breadth and scale of Jim Cameron’s plans for his magnificent fantasy worlds continue to amaze us all.”