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Avatar sequels get release dates, beginning in 2020


Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron has finally set a series of dates for his four sequels to Avatar.

The films will start rolling out from December 18, 2020.

The sequel will be followed by a third film on December 17, 2021, a fourth on December 20, 2024 and a fifth and [possibly] final one on December 19, 2025.

As yet, Avatar has those dates to itself, although Star Wars saga films are becoming a staple at Christmas every other year – and are far from finished themselves.

The release dates were announced on the movie’s official Facebook page over the weekend, along with a picture of Cameron and his crew.

In a post, the director said: “Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels.”

Cameron first revealed there would be four Avatar sequels a year ago, rather than the previously planned three. At the time, his goal was to release Avatar 2 over Christmas 2018, followed by new films in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

But that now looks to have been stretched to allow more time for perfecting the films into a saga.

However, returning cast member Sigourney Weaver has said that shooting is due to begin in the autumn with a view to getting the films completed as soon as possible.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I’m not worried about [disappointing fans] at all. Am I worried about how we’re going to bring them to life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.”

The original Avatar, released in 2009, earned $2.8 billion worldwide and remains the top-grossing film of all time at the global box office.

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