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Back in 2009, James Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar took the world of movies by storm, bringing in the largest amount of money ever made at the worldwide box office at $2.78 billion (with a ‘b’). In 2012 it was announced that James Cameron would be creating two sequels to the film, with a fourth later revealed. It was then stated that Avatar 2, 3 & 4 would be released in three subsequent Decembers, starting in 2016.
So far, stars of the first film Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang have been cast for the sequels, and people are starting to get ready to see the continuing adventures of Cameron’s fictional moon of Pandora.
During a recent Reddit AMA, Cameron discussed the upcoming sequels, giving an update on the scripts for the second, third and fourth installments:
“The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously. They’re essentially all in preproduction now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.
“There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience. I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there. The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”
We already know that the three sequels will be filmed back to back, as well as released three years in a row, so it would make sense that scenes of each of the movies may be shot at the same time. Production will likely start up sometime in 2015, since a majority of the movie will be heavily rendered with CGI afterwards.
What do you hope to see out of the three Avatar sequels? Expect them in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Written by Josh Sazin on 4/15/14, with a link to Reddit.