Avitar Universe Expands to Three Sequels

James Cameron literally cannot contain himself.  After announcing that his ambition film Avitar was really just the first in a planned trilogy, the Oscar winner has expanded his original plans in saying that there aren't just two planned sequels to the highest grossing film of all time, there are three.

While exact details still remain mute, Cameron did venture out to discuss the new announcement, make an officialstatement earlier this week regarding the project.  

"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 films are set to be shot simultaniously with production beginning next year.  The first sequel will hit theaters in December 2016, the second in December 2017, and the third the followig year.  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 all three projects, as each brings a unique style to the already highly buzzed project.

The three sequels will mark the latest collaboration between Cameron and 20th Century Fox, a relationship that has spanned nearly 30 years.  The alliance has proven to be one of the most successful filmmaker-studio pairing in history, starting in 1985 with Aliens, and including such iconic works as The Abyss, True Lies and Titanic.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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