James Cameron is going all in on continuing the Avatar saga by adding a third sequel to his previous two-sequel master plan, bringing the total number of Avatar films including the existing one to four. In addition, Cameron and Fox have pieced together an impressive screenwriting ensemble to tackle the ambitious three-film plan that includes Josh Friedman.
Cameron intends to shoot and direct all three Avatar films simultaneously beginning sometime in 2014. Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016 or two years after Cameron had initially planned to provide the first sequel, followed by Avatar 3 in December 2017 and Avatar 4 in December 2018. ...
Shrek had three sequels and Toy Story owned two. Given our fine, entertainment conglomerates' lust for franchises and tent-poles, this fits comfortably into the Master Plan.
And these pups will be heavy on the animation. TAG President emeritus and author Tom Sito pointed out at last night's General Membership meeting that Jurassic Park had six minutes of animation; he added that Avatar had lots more than that, although Mr. Cameron denies he makes animated movies.
To quote professor Sito: "Of course he does."