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Breaking: James Cameron Sets Avatar Sequels As His Next Films

Forget those Cleopatra rumors, as director James Cameron has locked a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct two back-to-back sequels to 2009’s Avatar.

Variety reports that Cameron and Fox are looking at December 2014 and December 2015 as release dates for the tentatively titled Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which will film back-to-back as many had previously speculated. The shooting schedule mirrors recent efforts from other successful franchise pictures including the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the upcoming The Hobbit films from Peter Jackson.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild,” Cameron said in a statement. “In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar’s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world.”

“It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company,” he added. “With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at 20th Century Fox.”

So, there you have it: two Avatar sequels are officially in development, complete with a locked-in director and tentative release dates. Are you excited for Cameron’s return trip to Pandora, or were you hopeful that the director would get behind another project as his next feature film?

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  • JMC

    I’m not that excited. The first film had amazing visual effects but lacked an original storyline. A mishmash of Dances with Wolves, John Carter of Mars and Flash Gordon. But it was full of bad dialogue, predictable plotlines, and superficial environmental themes. The last time I listened to such bad dialogue was during Titanic “Jack, Jack, I’m flying!”
    Cameron needs to go back to the type of films he was making in the eighties and early nineties instead of this stuff.

  • Tomfitz1

    Be interesting to see if A-2 and A-3 will surpass A-1 in terms of box office revenues.

    Wonder if SamWorthington and Zoe Saldana will reprise their respective roles.

  • Raskal67

    Part 1 taught us that humans are evil, and blue aliens good.

    So, do parts 2 & 3 show that humans are even more evil and blue aliens even more good than previously thought?

    Be sure to recycle everyone. No one wants wars on Pandora.

  • Truth123

    God help us all. Avatar was such a terrible movie. There was not one point in the movie where you didn’t know where it was going. The audience had no special connection with the main character, it openly took shots at the people who defend us (the military) and was so thinly veiled that a 2 year old could understand the underlying meaning. It was pure crap. It had nothing on a movie like say Inception.

  • Deanjsimons

    meh.

  • Anonymous

    I have mixed feelings. The first seemed self contained enough to where I don’t crave more, but I’m sure he’ll come up with an interesting arc that hopefully stays sci-fi instead of turning into BSG or Lost.

    I’m just glad that he’s doing SOMETHING, as he is still among the most talented creative forces to ever exist in Hollywood.

  • keil

    haters gonna hate

  • Lowental Yuri

    You’ve got to be kidding me… we’ll all be 4-5 years older by then!!! :-o

  • shawn

    Reading the feedback on these kinds of stories versus the excited feedback on threads about movies like Scot Pilgrim just establishes that the same geeks who spend so much time analyzing box office totals have no actual impact on them.

  • BB

    Who cares. A weak political biased story. Opps! Excuse me. It wasn’t much of a story to begin with. I’m sure there are some who want this, but he would have been better off creating ( kind word ) a different movie. Comparing this with Potter etc, is a joke.

  • LightningBug

    Wow. All of you hating on the first film and bashing the non-existent sequels will probably be first in line in 2014. Yeah the dialogue wasn’t amazing and the story was less than original but you’ve got to be kidding me! Avatar was revolutionary and I simply don’t believe anybody who says they are too cool for this franchise. You are fronting and you know it.