James Cameron Making Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels

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UPDATED: James Cameron will make four “Avatar” sequels, promising that the films will start hitting theaters in 2018.

The creator of the original “Avatar,” the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion, said that his vision for a followup has expanded over time.

He first envisioned two sequels. But after meeting with a team of four screenwriters and a group of “some of the top artists and designers in the world,” he realized that he had way too much material for just two films. He initially decided on three sequels, then jumped to four.

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“So far, what I am seeing in pure imagination is far beyond the first film,” Cameron said. He said that very few people have seen the initial concepts, but a select few have been left “speechless” by what they saw.

“We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic project, making four epic films, each of which stands alone but together forms a complete saga,” Cameron said. His announcement came immediately after the director told theater owners he opposes the proposal by Sean Parker’s upstart Screening Room, to bring movies into customers’ homes at the same time they debut in theaters.

In further support of the first-run theatrical experience, Cameron added of the “Avatar” sequels: “Trust me, these are films that were designed to be seen in theaters and on the big screen first.”

The other three films will be released at Christmas-time in 2020, 2022 and 2023. “That is our game plan,” Cameron said.

“The next time I see you will be on Pandora,” Cameron told the theater owners, referring to the mythical land he created with “Avatar.”

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  1. Tracey Brown says:

    As others have said, this movie is not a franchise. Setting aside Cameron’s investment, I cannot believe Disney double downed on this series with it’s on section in Animal Kingdom before seeing how the first sequel performs. It’s been eight years since the first film came out. This isn’t Harry Potter. Compared to Star Wars, which is now loved by grandparents, parents, and children, there are far less people that know about Avatar.

  2. all of you do realize that just because you dont want to see these movies that does not mean that others dont. i do wish to see where this is going. you do realize that the first one was a gauge to see what could be done. and technology has advanced a good bit since 2009.if you think about it. the sequels will more likely than not be better. he set the ground for sequels in the first movie. if you o back and watch it does anyone else wonder what the time of great sorrow was? why there were other turok mactos? forgive my spelling there. but y’all’s vision is to narrow. open your eyes. you are the type of people who dont wish to see the broader picture so as a result the world is madea shittier palce because of it. rant over.

  3. Ann Hansman says:

    why so long from the first one?????????????

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  4. Tee says:

    WELL IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!

  5. James have a magical touch and movies like Titanic and Avatar definitely show his class and talent. I guess the 2nd sequel will be made soon and the story might be based on taking revenge for what happened in the first part. Its my assumption though. :P

  6. Robert Consiglio says:

    Lots more CGI blue smurfs and space cowboys doing battle in a fake Hollywood space jungle. Avatar 1 was rubbish, frankly. The special effects were awesome. Throw away the script and story and used the same special effects. Mr. Cameron, sequels are always worst than the original. The original was a disorganized mishmash of mush. So I guess we can expect even worse, if that’s possible. Stick to exploring the Marianas Trench, Mr. Cameron. Your movies, frankly are space garbage. Hollywood, it seems is about ,making money, not about creating art, which would include good acting, character development, good dialogue, thought provoking and intelligent and ORIGINAL themes, predictions about the future (if it is real sf) and should show a little sophistication. Avatar is Pocahontas for kindergarten students. It was preachy, obnoxious, full of cliches and stereotypes, and followed an obvious pattern that made the ending no surprise whatsoever. There was no suspense created because we already knew the ending. (sort of like Titanic, which was pretty easy to make too, since we already knew the story- maybe his next epic can be titled “The Tortoise and the Rabbit in Space” (sigh) )
    I wish you’d blast the whole lot of them, smurfs/avatars/evil human imperialist colonizers and the Director, too. That would be a nice “Avatar” sending off party. In summary, Avatar was a childish, lame, shallow piece of worthless so-called science fiction. Revenge of the Tomato People or How Santa Claus Beats The Martians had more plot and suspense. More rock bottom Hollywood rubbish……

    • Bruce Branz says:

      So, you say the movie Avatat was a piece of total, compete crap. How would you rate the Adam Sandler movies against Avatar. Better or worse???

  7. loco73 says:

    I mean really…do you want to see four more movies worth of watching basically what amounts to blue CGI lemmings having sex with plants and trees?! I’d rather rent the porn version of “Avaturd”…sorry…”Avatar”, that’d be more fun…

  8. loco73 says:

    “Avaturd” was a terribly pedestrian and forgettable movie, which in retrospect hasn’t aged very well. What sold the movie at the time where the visuals which came hand-in-hand with the obnoxious re-birth of 3D into yet another largely useless gimmick. Actually the whole movie was a gimmick. And now four (?!?!) sequels? Did anybody demand them or is even interested in?! I know I’m not, so I won’t be seeing James Cameron on Pandora or anywhere else…I actually wish he had focussed on other projects other than sequels, to a mediocre movie, no one asked for or wants…

    • Bruce Branz says:

      So you would prefer Adam Sandler movies. Hope there are more in the offing for your total enjoyments ! ! ! ! ! !

  9. Bill B. says:

    This thing’s day has long passed and in retrospect, the original isn’t all that memorable. There is a reason that the little itty bitty Hurt Locker beat it at the Oscars. Cameron rarely fails, but there is a first time for everything. I don’t know a soul who is interested in seeing more of this simple fantasy.

  10. knuapamqc says:

    Awesome news!!!!!! (btw, no one cared when marvel studios formed, and now look at them. 100% All in. :) )

  11. Arysta says:

    James Cameron has officially lost his mind. The world does not need more Avatar. People only saw the first one because of that super neato new 3D thing. 3D doesn’t sell films anymore.

  12. Jo says:

    Cameron is really committed to flogging this dog isn’t he?
    First movie was terrible, so with any luck he’ll send himself broke and we never again have to deal with a “cinematic masterpiece” which doesn’t actually deliver anything.

  13. Lord Billaire says:

    Best news so far today.

  14. jhepp says:

    Heh. I give it one sequel before it tanks. This isn’t a franchise. It was a cliche film with bad casting and great CGI. Unfortunately for Cameron the CGI is great all over and he’ll have to compete with a script this time out.

  15. BillUSA says:

    FOUR sequels? Really? Mr. Cameron may have spent too much time in those submersibles. I mean, the first film was basically a cartoon and took too long a time to tell very little.

  16. Pigoon Rancher says:

    What!?!? That story was already too much cliche stretched over too many screen hours. People liked Avatar for the effects *despite* the weak, cliched story. And now four more? Good luck with that.

  17. vincent says:

    avatar was overrated. and the 3D i still consider it border line fad.

    • Ray says:

      Well, I have to say I’m divided on it. No, it wasn’t a great movie, but yes, it was a cinematic landmark. There were moments when I was frickging there, man, on another planet. I thought the 3D was fantastic. Cameron is a great film maker. Too bad he’s only a mediocre storyteller.

  18. Joe says:

    Why? There is literally nothing else to be said. There was a conclusion, an end. Make something else.

  19. Robert says:

    It’s a safe bet that, haters aside, James Cameron knows a thing or two about what he is doing. Since this has been proven more than once in the history of filmmaking, the negativity being projected here and on other sites about Avatar 2 and beyond, which is something still in the process of being made, seems foolish at best.

    Surely you’ve heard of a little thing called Star Wars – The Force Awakens? That little remake in disguise did pretty well, considering. Well, Avatar 2, like TFA, has some time between it and the previous film in the series. And, like the Star Wars film, Avatar has its fans too (and I consider myself one of them). Sure, it’s not as established as Star Wars, granted, but the fan-base is there just the same.

    So, when that first sequel is released, whenever it is released, people will be there in droves – including those throwing shade here and elsewhere before even seeing the first frame of what is surely to be a film-going event no less amazing than that entertaining rehash of an amazing and entertaining movie originally released in 1977.

    Can’t wait! It’ll be a blast!

  20. cadavra says:

    Excellent news. Now I’ve gotten 12 hours of my life back instead of just nine.

  21. Jonny says:

    This pisses me off that the greatest Canadian film maker of all time is gonna be wasting his time on these movies. I wanna see him do a new terminator movie or alien movie. I wanna see him do a history piece or another original film.the guys getting old and to be making this many avatar sequels he is beating it to death. Please pass off the directing to someone else and work on out shit too.

  22. Paulina Jones says:

    I really don’t need to see any more Avatar films. The 3D gimmick is old now and was all it really had going for it.

  23. bam bam says:

    No, he’s not making four sequels.

    He’s talking about making four sequels.

    He’s not making anything at the moment.

    Considering it takes him about a decade between movies, we’ll be seeing Avatar 5 about 2060-ish. There is no way the are not going to Spider Man the f**k out of the highest grossing movie in history — that thing will have been rebooted and “reimagined” at least 10 times by 2060.

  24. Jim says:

    Does anybody honestly care anymore?

  25. He is brilliant at one thing…making money….and i guess that is what really matters. Titanic was boring…but pretty….Terminator just cool.

  26. Bo says:

    I love all these brainless fanboys and their dogging of Cameron. It’s obvious none of them have a creative bone, let alone brain, in the whole being. And they dog the likes of Cameron? Say it ain’t so. Such stupidity! Never underestimate the ‘mad genius’ that is Cameron. He’s an authentic visionary in this hollow and vapid culture we live in today. No one can imagine what he’s coming up with next concerning these four films, but mark my words….the whole movie going public will me mesmerized and amazed at what he eventually come out with. He only has the top two all time most popular movies and his T-2 was one of the best action films ever made. Relax fanboys. You know not what you’re talking about. That is very clear. I think it’s all a bit amusing, actually. Keep ’em frothing, Cameron. They haven’t a clue about people like you.

    • BillUSA says:

      Hey Bo, you got a little smudge there on the tip of your nose….

    • Avatar…was just not that good….Liberal gibberish with a unpatriotic protagonist. Dance with wolves in space. But the ending in Dance made more sense. I am sure the film will feature a large bounty on the head of our hero by the evil corporation…save the rain forest.

    • Ken says:

      Totally agree with ya’! Cameron ups the visual/technological ante every time. The man is formidably intelligent. I hope he – and I – lives long enough to see the end results from what should be a dazzling movie experience. Can’t wait!

  27. John says:

    The purpose of this news release is very obvious, Fox and Cameron’s Statement to Disney and Star Wars: “Take That!”

  28. Chris says:

    sigh… 9 years between the first Avatar and the release of #2…. i just keep thinking about all the great movies James Cameron could have been working on and not finishing instead

  29. Mike says:

    After Avatar (2009), the first sequel was scheduled for 2012. Those dates mean NOTHING. I’ll be shocked if the first sequel is actually released in 2 years. Cameron has done this his entire career. The products are usually worth the wait, I’ll give him that. But don’t take those other sequel dates literally.

  30. SPIKE says:

    Hey, Cameron, that’s all fine. Just make the four not so trite and cliché with overused tropes that made the first movie almost unwatchable.

    • Centauri says:

      He’s going to use the same tropes he used for the first movie. It may have been ‘almost unwatchable’ for you, but $2.8 Billion worldwide says that it was very watchable for a large number of people.

    • Ray says:

      Yeah, he’s a genius at film making, but I think he wouldn’t know a good script it it bit him on the ass.

  31. Wmarcy says:

    Loved Avatar . For the haters , the solution is simple , don’t watch the sequels.

  32. Kevin says:

    Really looking forward to this! It’s been so many years.

  33. tlsnyder42 says:

    Hope the new movies won’t be as cartoony and unbelievable, or filled with so many Anti-American leftist lies and ecofascist fallacies.

    • Cass says:

      “Hi I’m Snyder, I take movies as documentaries. I’m great at parties.” (And I’m a conservative). Relax, wrong battle to fight. Pick one more important.

      • Proud to be a liberal says:

        Conservatives are cancerous to humanity. There’s nothing wrong in being an intelligent and a well-educated leftist who wants to save the earth and support equality in all its forms.

        Go back to supporting that orange-faced redneck Trump of yours, bud. Js

  34. therealeverton says:

    Now that the idea is set up, expect the same flair, but with a “stronger” story. A James Cameron film is always something to look forward to, he’s made more entertaining films, than average ones and some of the best of their type.

  35. Marti723 says:

    Gosh…. Just Cancel Them All and moved forward to another projects already !

  36. kenmandu says:

    Really!? Yawn….

    • meta says:

      yes so boring that the man who broke the box office for highest grossing movie of all time TWICE is working on another movie. The last time he came out with a movie (Avatar) it changed the way people saw movies in theaters so why would we care what he is doing? I guess we don’t actually like movies if a game changer like Cameron making a movie is boring news…let me go back to my reality tv…

      • Marie says:

        The movie was a mixture of Pocahontas and Dance with Wolves. Doesn’t matter how much money it made. He didn’t discover gravity.

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