20th Century Fox have confirmed that James Cameron’s award-winning Avatar is to get three sequels.
In a press release put out today, Cameron explains that his original plan was to film two sequels, but added another due to the expansive story that is being told. He also announced that screenwriters Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger) have been brought in to collaborate with Cameron on the screenplays for the sequels.
“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.”
The three movies will film simultaneously, with production due to start next year. The first sequel will release in December 2016, with the second coming in December 2017 and third a year later.