August 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm #107037
The Avatar universe just got a bit bigger.
Fox has announced that James Cameron’s Avatar movie series will
now be a tetralogy instead of a trilogy, with the number of sequels
growing from two to three. With that, Cameron has hired several
writers to help pen the sequels.
Josh Friedman (who ironically wrote TV’s Terminator: The Sarah
Connor Chronicles), Rise of Planet of The Apes duo Rick Jaffa and
Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno (Shaft, Savages) will collaborate
with him on the screenplays for the three films. According to Fox,
the new movies will be filmed simultaneously, with production
beginning next year.
The first sequel will hit theaters in December 2016, with the
second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later.
Cameron and Jon Landau will produce through their Lightstorm
The filmmaker will work once again with WETA on creating the
“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,” Cameron
said in a statement.
Avatar remains the highest-grossing movie of all time, with the
tally standing at over $2.7 billion.August 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm #107039
I love James Cameron, but…August 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm #107040
After two terrific films like Titanic and Avatar, I regret that he can’t come up with another stand alone idea rather than returning to a previous triumph. I’d prefer to be more creative rather than doing retreads.August 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm #107041
^ $$$August 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm #107042
I mean, sure, it could end up great. His best film yet is a sequel (T2 = awesome), but doing a four film series is a bit too much.August 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm #107043
Jesus, 3 sequels? It didn’t even need another, as the story is wrapped up, and the characters/plot aren’t good enough IMO to merit a followup. Yes, T2 and Aliens were great sequels, but the stories for both merited sequels, whereas Avatar doesn’t.August 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm #107044
By going to December 2016, we don’t get to see Avatar 2 vs. The Avengers 2 in December 2015. That would’ve been quite the battle. Speaking of battle, once he’s done with Avatar, it’s Battle Angel Alita (finally) before the end of the decade.August 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm #107045
Battle? This is war? Really?
There’s no reason both films couldn’t go at the same time. It’s only when it’s the same week that it’s ever a problem.August 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm #107046
Ehh, we’ll see how it turns out.August 2, 2013 at 5:35 am #107047
Cannot wait. Loved the first one.August 2, 2013 at 6:19 am #107048
I disagree with the claim that T-2 is Cameron’s best film.August 2, 2013 at 6:54 am #107049
Even if special effects were astonishing, the film itself was boring and hard to sit throughout. Screenplay was basically updated version of “Pocahontas” and it was less interesting than Disney movie itself was. The cast was good to great, especially my favorite underused Sigourney Weaver, but characters on paper were terribly one-note, even more than in any previous Cameron film. I generally really like his movies but screenplay is usually their weakest link. I can’t see these being any different in any positive way, so I’m out. I will check “True Lies” again instead.August 2, 2013 at 7:19 am #107050
I’m not even a huge fan of the first one. I just don’t see how he won’t run out of steam with the 2nd one, let alone the 3rd or 4th.August 2, 2013 at 11:23 am #107051
Ugh! Avatar overkill! The first film made enough $..do we really need 2,3,and 4?