James Cameron announced today that they will be releasing three sequels to hit film, Avatar. This goes against rumors that the series would be turned into a trilogy.
From an email sent to the press:
Additionally, to help bring his growing AVATAR universe to life and to expedite the process, Cameron has hired screenwriters Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger) and Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds) to collaborate with him on the screenplays for the three films.
The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Like the original film, Lightstorm will work with Joe Letteri and his team at WETA Digital to realize the worlds of the sequels.
What we’re so interested to know is why Cameron chose these four writers to collaborate with. There’s little doubt in our mind that these movies will be successful, let’s just hope that Cameron’s universe is fresh enough to warrant a total of four movies.
Expect the first sequel to release in December of 2016, with the second to follow in December of 2017, and the third a year later. Filming will begin on all three next year.