Avatar Director Says First of Three Sequels Will Be Released in 2017

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
Avatar Director Says First of Three Sequels Will Be Released in 2017
James Cameron at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. December 18, 2009. Wikimedia Commons/Angela George

According to Comicbook.com, “Avatar” helmer James Cameron says that the “Avatar” sequel won’t be ready for its 2016 release, pushing the sequel to a 2017 release. Want to find out why? Read on.

Cameron and four other screen writers Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno are writing all three sequels at the same time. Cameron believes that they will be able to finish all three scripts by “the end of the month with the goal of linking each film to the next one without linking them with cliffhangers.”

“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that, and parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments,” Cameron said while promoting the local film industry in New Zealand.

The science fiction epic, “Avatar” directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, is one of the most successful box office hits setting multiple record, earning $3,537,000 from midnight screenings domestically, a $26,752,099 on its opening day and a $77,025,481 gross over its opening weekend, the largest domestic opening weekend for a film not based on a franchise, the highest opening weekend for a film entirely in 3D and the 40th largest opening weekend in North America.

On its 19th day of international release, the film crossed the $1 billion mark, and eventually becoming the first film to go more than $2 billion. By the end of its run, “Avatar” had grossed $749,766,139 in the US and Canada and $1,999,298,189 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $2,749,064,328. “Avatar” was critically acclaimed, receiving positive critical reviews, with critics highly praising its groundbreaking visual effects. “Avatar” was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director and won three — Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

“Avatar” sequels, all directed and co-written by Cameron, will be released each year starting from December 2017 to 2019. That’s it for our latest scoop on James Cameron’s “Avatar.” For more updates on celebrities, events, TV shows and upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/Angela George


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