Nearly eight years after the release of “Avatar” and its record-breaking $2.7 billion worldwide box office gross, James Cameron is finally putting his plans to turn his passion project into a multi-film saga into motion, as production on four “Avatar” sequels is officially underway.
The production launch was announced on the “Avatar” Facebook page on Saturday morning, along with release dates for each of the upcoming films.
“Avatar 2” is now tagged for a Dec. 18, 2020 release date, with “Avatar 3” set for Dec. 17, 2021. The fourth “Avatar” film will come out three years later on Dec. 20, 2024, followed by a fifth film on Dec. 19, 2025.
“Avatar 2” had originally been slated for a December 2014 release, but was bumped to 2016 and again to 2018. Last month, Cameron said his project wouldn’t meet that 2018 date, either, pushing it to this 2020 release slot, which had originally been the slot for film No. 3.
Stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and producer Jon Landau are all returning to work on the sequels, with Saldana confirming she will be traveling to New Zealand to start shooting later this summer.
Cameron co-wrote the scripts with Josh Friedman working on “Avatar 2” (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver on “Avatar 3” (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Shane Salerno on “Avatar 4” (“Hawaii Five-O”).
Check out the original Facebook post below.