Cameron will work on two sequels to the 2009 blockbuster.
If you want to go back to Pandora again and again, then today is your lucky day. reports that James Cameron has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox for two sequels to 2009’s "Avatar." Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman have confirmed the news.
The projects are reportedly slated as Cameron’s next projects. The tentatively titled "Avatar 2" is aiming for a December 2014 release and its follow-up "Avatar 3" for a December 2015 release. They will be produced by Cameron and his partner Jon Landau for Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.
"In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of ‘Avatar’ ‘s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world," Cameron said. "I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."
Cameron will begin work on scripts early next year and wants to begin production later in 2011. The decision on whether he will shoot the sequels back-to-back will be made when he finishes writing the films.
"It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company," Cameron said. "With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at 20th Century Fox."
"Avatar" star Sigourney Weaver recently opened up to MTV News about what she’d like to see in the sequels, whether or not she makes it back. "I think that the challenges to Pandora will continue," she said. "I do think that humans will be back. I also think that maybe we’ll get more of a chance to live a Na’vi life. I think we want to be in that world and I, for one, would love to be a Thanator in that world! I just think we have a big appetite for going back there, and I know that Jim will do everything he can to satisfy us and take it to even more parts of Pandora that we don’t even know exist yet."