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New ‘Avatar’ Trilogy Will Be ‘a Long Journey’ For James Cameron and Fox

It’s been a long, often quiet road back to Pandora — but for the filmmakers involved in the Avatar franchise, the journey has only just begun.

Variety has a lengthy profile of 20th Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, which includes updates on the upcoming Avatar sequels from both Gianopulos and director James Cameron.

“We know it’s going to be a long journey,” Gianopulos says of the three-film plan for more Avatar movies, with rumors pegging the production budget at $1 billion. “We know it’s not going to be cheap. We know it’s not going to be without new discoveries and new challenges in the process of producing something that is so beyond the normal form of filmmaking and technology, but what could be more exciting than that.”

For his part, Cameron says the Avatar series contains everything he’s interested in as a storyteller.

“There’s nothing I need to say as an artist about the state of the world and human affairs that I can’t do through the lens of the Avatar universe,” he says. “We’ve had a couple of years to think through the story arc of the next three films, and every day that goes by, I believe in the stories I’m telling more and more. We’re not coming out of the block fast to capitalize on the last film.”

The first of three new Avatar films arrives in December 2016.


  • Hugomarink

    Honestly, does anybody care about Avatar sequels? Just as with “Sin City” they’ve waited too long. With all the Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars, and Star Trek offerings coming up in the next 5-6 years will anybody give a crap about “Avatar”? I doubt it. Cameron is wasting his time. OH, and “Avatar” was pretty overrated to begin with.

  • Alan Brave

    theres a huge fanbase that will make this film a success. wether its good or not is not the issue, it will be a hit because of its legions of fans.

  • ShpotSb

    Well I want to see it, Cameron films are always epic.

  • Ken

    Yeah, dude just needs to move on to Battle Angel or something a little more original. There’s very little left to be said with space opera/fantasy sci-fi.

  • Brian Bernard

    $1 billion dollar budget. Good on them. At least this way they’ll possibly negate the existence of the original by wasting all the money it accidentally made.