In October 20th Century Fox revealed that James Cameron had agreed to dedicate the next 5 years of his life to making Avatar 2 and 3, with Avatar 2 having a possible release date of December 2014 and Avatar 3 hitting a year later in December 2015.
In a recent interview the director confirmed those dates, along with hinting that the characters who survived the first film will be back for the sequels.
From Inside Movies:
“I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan.”
Cameron also notes that we’ll see some familiar faces return. “Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form,” say the director. One thing’s for sure: some percentage of the presumably-massive Avatar sequel gross will go to charity. “Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world,” says the director. “I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.”
So not only will the Avatar sequels entertain the masses, they will also help the planet. You are hereby banned from protesting the making of the sequels on moral grounds!
The aim is to start production towards the end of 2011/early 2012. Avatar began filming in April 2007 and was released 2 and a half years later, so we can expect a similar time-frame again (only they’ll be making two movies this time round).
Sam Worthington said last month that Cameron is going to explore more of what lies beneath of oceans on Pandora, although he said “it won’t fully take place underwater but he’s definitely going to explore — same as the mountains, he can explore more, outer space [as well] — it’s up to him.”