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James Cameron announces four Avatar sequels


Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron has unveiled plans for not three but FOUR Avatar sequels.

Unveiled by Twentieth Century Fox as a surprise guest at CinemaCon on Thursday (April 14, 2016), the filmmaker said that the endeavour represented “a truly massive cinematic process”.

Cameron, whose film CV includes career highlights such as Aliens and Terminator 1 & 2, said that while initially planning the three sequels, he found it limiting.

“We began to bump up against the limitations for our art form,” he said.

So, he decided he would need more sequels to tell the whole story of what he has envisaged.

“I’ve been working the last couple of years with a team of four top screenwriters to design the world of Avatar going forward: The characters, the creatures, the environment, the new cultures.

“So far, the art I’m seeing, is in pure imagination, really far beyond the first film,” he enthused. “It’s going to be a true epic saga.”

Cameron went on to state that each of the four sequels will be able to stand alone, but will together create a saga.

His plan – at this early stage – is to release Avatar 2 at Christmas 2018 and a new film in 2020, 2021 and 2022 – although given the length of time it has taken to get the sequel ready, this could be taken with a pinch of salt.

The first Avatar was released in 2009 and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of all-time, earning $2.8 billion world-wide.

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