At CinemaCon today, James Cameron revealed that his massive hit Avatar will be returning in a big way. In addition to the first sequel proposed back in 2010, and the third confirmed in 2013, the director upped the ante again by promising a third Avatar sequel. Today, he outdid himself by announcing a fourth sequel in the works.
That's right. By the time Cameron is through with this franchise we will have seen five Avatar movies. According to the director, his vision from the first film has only grown with time, and his team needs more films to let the story unfold fully:
“We’ve begun to bump up against the limitations of our art form. There’s just too much story.”
Five films might sound like a lot, but Cameron guaranteed that each movie should be seen as a standalone that simply fits into a larger saga:
“Each one of which stands alone, but which together form a complete saga.”
After earning more than $2.7 billion worldwide, there's little question as to why the world of Pandora is facing expansion. And as film technology advances, the daring and time-consuming feats of CGI used in the first film will become slightly less challenging, making it easier to roll out the films in a more timely manner.
The 20th Century Fox franchise will be released as follows, each around the festive season: Avatar 2 in 2018, Avatar 3 in 2020, Avatar 4 in 2022, and Avatar 5 in 2023.
Someone tell Sam Worthington to clear his schedule, because James Cameron might have him booked up for the next seven years.
Do you think five Avatar movies is overkill?