Aug. 02--James Cameron always planned to make a sequel to his blockbuster "Avatar," the highest-grossing film in history with $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office.
Then he announced that he was planning two sequels. On Thursday, Cameron came clean: His grand plan cannot be contained in two follow-ups, so there will be three "Avatar" sequels.
Also, writers have been hired for each one in hopes of filming the movies back-to-back-to-back, and release dates have been decided, according to information reported by the Deadline Hollywood website.
Although each film has only unofficial titles at this point, let's just say that "Avatar 2" will be released in December 2016, "Avatar 3" in December 2017 and finally "Avatar 4" in -- you guessed it -- December 2018.
This plan is similar to Peter Jackson's scheme in first filming the "Lord of the Rings" movies for their release in December 2001-2003, which he is following up now with "The Hobbit" releasing in three films, each set for December 2012-2014.
Deadline reports the screenwriters hired for the "Avatar" sequels, in no particular order of picture, are Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds"), Shane Salerno ("Armageddon") and the team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes").
In a statement, Cameron said: "Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I've come to realize that Avatar's world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen.
"And to help me continue to expand this universe, I'm pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh -- all writers I've long admired -- to join me in completing the films' screenplays."
There is little doubt that this will be the most expensive single motion-picture undertaking in history, but Twentieth Century Fox knows the stakes are worth it, and so is Cameron.
The filmmaker's previous film to "Avatar" was "Titanic," which was the No. 1 hit in Hollywood history until "Avatar" came along -- and which couldn't produce any sequels.
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