Hollywood director James Cameron has revealed that he is planning to release the long awaited sequel to his 2009 movie ‘Avatar’ in 2018. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron also hinted at a further three sequels.
James Cameron is undeniably one of the most popular directors in the world today. Since the release of his breakout film ‘The Terminator’ in 1984, Cameron has been responsible for some of the biggest box office hits in the history to cinema, including ‘Rambo’, ‘Aliens’ and ‘Titanic’. 2009’s ‘Avatar’ however, remains Cameron’s most popular movie to date.
Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana, ‘Avatar’ centres around the human colonization of fictional planet ‘Pandora’ in the 22nd century. The film was given a budget of around $237 million, and grossed well over $2 billion at the box office (the first ever film to do so). It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning in the ‘Best Art Direction’, ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Visual Effects’ categories.
Cameron had originally intended to release a sequel to the movie in 2015, but unfortunately it was pushed back numerous times. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron has now revealed plans to not only create ‘Avatar 2’, but also 3, 4, and 5.
When asked about the upcoming movie, Cameron explained: “We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” “I’ve been working the last couple of years with a team of four top screenwriters to design the world of Avatar going forward: the characters, the creatures, the environment, the new cultures.”
He added: “So far, the art I’m seeing, is in pure imagination, really far beyond the first film,” he continued. “It’s going to be a true epic saga.”
‘Avatar 2’ is expected to be released at Christmas 2018. The following films will be released in 2020, 2021 and 2022.