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Avatar to get three sequels


Story by Jack Foley

AVATAR is to get another three movies – not the two that were originally announced.

Just 24 hours after revealing that Josh Friedman had been hired to pen the screenplay for Avatar 2 (due in cinemas in Christmas 2016), Fox has announced the James Cameron franchise will now be a tetralogy instead of a trilogy.

Cameron has subsequently hired several writers to help pen the sequels, with Friedman on board for 2 and Rise of Planet of The Apes duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno (Shaft, Savages) also putting their heads into the fray.

Fox also said that the new movies will be filmed simultaneously, with production beginning next year (2014).

The first sequel is now scheduled to be released in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later.

Cameron will once again work with WETA on creating the fantastical worlds.

The director said in a statement: “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.”

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