3 more ‘Avatar’ films coming

Agence France-Presse
The sequels could reach US$1 billion, will be filmed simultaneously in 2014

EXPANDED VISION. 'Avatar's' world became 'richer than I anticipated,' says Cameron. Image from the film's Facebook page

LOS ANGELES, USA – Canadian director James Cameron is making 3 sequels to his film “Avatar,” which will be released between 2016 and 2018, Fox Studios announced August 1.

The 2009 film is the highest-grossing movie on record, having netted US$2.8 billion at the box office worldwide.

Cameron had originally planned two sequels.

“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,” Cameron said in a statement.

The first “Avatar” featured Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, and Zoe Saldana, and told the story of a paraplegic soldier sent to the fictitious planet of Pandora, which is coveted for its natural resources.

The 3 sequels will be filmed simultaneously beginning in 2014, Fox said in a statement. They will be released in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018, respectively.

Cameron, who wrote “Titanic” and “Avatar” by himself, will work with 4 screenwriters for the projects: Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Shane Salerno (“Armageddon” and “Savages”).

“We at the studio have no higher priority and can feel no greater joy than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of ‘Avatar,'” Fox Film chief Jim Gianopilos said in a statement.

Trade magazine “Variety” reported that the budget for the 3 films could reach US$1 billion. – Rappler.com

Revisit the magic of ‘Avatar’ in this clip on the film’s making: