CinemaCon has been rolling out new info from the titans of cinema. Whether it’s Pixar showing a few minutes of their highly-anticipated summer flick Finding Dory or Universal announcing Trey Parker as the villain for the upcoming sequel to Despicable Me 3. The internet has been abuzz, but on this last day, of this four day conference, 20th Century Fox‘s CinemaCon presentation offered a long-awaited update on James Cameron’s Avatar franchise by announcing that Cameron will be making FOUR Avatar sequels! Yeah you heard right….FOUR films are to be added to the Avatar canon. Check out the rest of the info after the jump.
For the last few years, James Cameron told different outlets who’d asked about the state of the franchise that the Avatar series would be three parts. With fervent love of the series and the announcement of 4 films – which is a shock after such a long hiatus – it wouldn’t be a surprise if next year we hear that it’ll be an 8-part monstrosity.
Of course the first thought is, how in heck will he keep up such a long and complex storyline? Cameron divulged a simple solution to this query, that the sequels are being created as films that will stand on their own so they will tell individual stories that, together, will “form a complete saga.”
With that being said the Avatar sequels are set to start shooting in New Zealand at the end of April , and it’s slated to arrive in theaters on December of 2018 and the other films in the saga have are tentatively set to be released 2020, 2022, and 2023. It’ll be curious to see how Cameron tackles these films. It is possible that with this announcement we’ll see some of the concept art shown during the presentation pop up online very soon. Right now all we have is the new logo for the saga. (Pictured above)
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, and Sigourney Weaver have been confirmed to reprise their roles. The films are being written by Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.
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