James Cameron Sets Sight on 2 “Avatar” Sequels

avatar-flimAvatar” fans will have to wait around four years before they get another chance to meet the inhabitants of Pandora. Twentieth Century Fox announced on Wednesday that director James Cameron is lining up two sequels to what is now the highest-grossing film in history.

Cameron is expected to start writing the script for the “Avatar” sequels early next year, with production for the first film set for a late 2011 start. However, the first sequel will not be released until around December 2014. The third film in the series will be released a year after the first sequel, Fox said. The original “Avatar” has now earned $2.8 billion worldwide.

Fox’s announcement is welcome news to “Avatar” fanatics, who initially thought that Cameron would take on another project before tackling the sequels. In a press release, Cameron promised that the sequels will at least match the “visual and emotional” impact of the original.

“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,” the statement said.