We knew a sequel to 2009’s Avatar would happen at some point, but how many of you expected four more sequels? Director James Cameron didn’t even think four sequels would be necessary, but after talking to a room full of screenwriters and a group of “some of the top artists and designers in the world,” he discovered he had too much material for just one or two sequels.
Cameron shared the shocking news while on stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas yesterday, “So far, what I am seeing in pure imagination is far beyond the first film,” he told the audience. He claims the few people who have seen the initial concepts were left speechless.
As of right now, the schedule looks like this:
- Avatar 2 — 2018
- Avatar 3 — 2020
- Avatar 4 — 2022
- Avatar 5 — 2023
And all release dates will be near Christmas. The director seemed pretty confident in his plan, but we must remember that Avatar 2 has been pushed back for years now. He hasn’t released a narrative feature film since the original Avatar in 2009.
Of course, long breaks between feature films are his thing. There was a 12-year gap between Titanic and Avatar, so we have no reason to believe he won’t return at some point. It’s just four huge films in five years doesn’t really fit his style.
We’ll see how it all plays out, but hardcore fans of the first movie should probably contain their excitement for now.