Just when we thought we would be getting just two more Avatar sequels, Fox announces there’ll be one more thrown into the mix. Deadline has reported that Oscar-winning director James Cameron is now planning on shooting three (yes, three) sequels to 2009’s Avatar back-to-back starting next year. Deadline reports that the first sequel will arrive in theaters in December of 2016, the second in December of 2017, and the third in December of 2018.
James Cameron has recently enlisted the help of screenwriter Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles” to work on the script for Avatar 2. As Friedman writes the first sequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Armageddon writer Shane Salerno will write the two other sequels.
“Building upon the world we created with ‘Avatar’ has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience,” James Cameron said in a recent interview. “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. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I’ve long admired - to join me in completing the films screenplays.”
Cameron’s plan to shoot three sequels back-to-back is definitely ambitious. Even though I thought Avatar was a visually stunning film, its narrative was a bit flat. Hopefully James Cameron has figured out a way to expand the cinematic universe and flesh out the characters so that three more trips back to Pandora will be worthwhile. What do you think?