Avatar was released back in December of 2009 and went on to dominate the charts for seven weeks in a row. The movie ended up raking in nearly $750 million domestically and is the only film other than Titan to cross the $2 billion mark at the global box office. A pretty proud moment for James Cameron who acted as director for both titles.
Following a break that has lasted just over three years, Cameron finally announced in August of this year that a sequel to Avatar is being planned and will most likely hit theaters in December 2016. However, it’s going to be some time before shooting takes place. According to star Sam Worthington Avatar 2 will not begin production for at least the next full year.
“We are going to start this time next year and we will do two, three and four,” he said in an interview with Australian radio station NovaFM. “In one shot, we’ll do them simultaneously. I’ll be grateful if it finishes.” He added, “I think Jim is building the ship to Pandora, to be honest.”
He’s of course talking about filming all three sequels simultaneously, a concept which is not new for Hollywood. Peter Jackson did the same with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and did it again for The Hobbit trilogy.
Perhaps this is why we had to wait this long for another installment in the Avatar franchise. Cameron was most probably busy in finishing up the scripts for all three sequels; which is a necessity if you’re to film three movies simultaneously. The screenwriters in question are Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages).