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James Cameron announces four Avatar sequels at CinemaCon

04.14.2016

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The world of Pandora keeps growing in James Cameron's mind, and, with that, so does the number of AVATAR sequels the filmmaker intends to make in order to tell the whole story. 

What once began as a trilogy and then morphed into a quadrilogy has now undergone changes again with Cameron making a surprise appearance during 20th Century Fox's presentation at this year's CinemaCon to announce that he has four AVATAR sequels in the works. I guess that would make this a pentarilogy or something.

We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process... We began to bump up against the limitations for our art form.

That's why even three more films couldn't contain everything Cameron was envisioning. Each film is set up to stand on its own, but when connected together will create a larger story. The first film is being eyed for a Christmas 2018 relese date, with Parts 3, 4 and 5 then set to follow in successive years starting in 2020. 

I know what you've been saying to yourself... I wish James Cameron would give me even more AVATAR than he had originally planned. You're in luck, because that's exactly what you're going to get. Congratulations. 

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1:42AM on 04/17/2016

Boooooo

Remember when Cameron was a visionary and created the greatest scifi/action movie hybrid ever in Aliens? Yeah, it's been so long that I'm having trouble remembering it too
Remember when Cameron was a visionary and created the greatest scifi/action movie hybrid ever in Aliens? Yeah, it's been so long that I'm having trouble remembering it too
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10:06PM on 04/15/2016
I suppose each sequel would take 5-6 years in between while Mr. Cameron goes off to his deep sea expedition from time to time.
I suppose each sequel would take 5-6 years in between while Mr. Cameron goes off to his deep sea expedition from time to time.
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8:17PM on 04/15/2016
Are Cameron and Ridley Scott drinking buddies or something? Both of them are shells of their former selves as directors now. I don't know what I want more, Cameron to stop with Avatar or Scott to walk away from the Alien franchise. It's really sad at this point
Are Cameron and Ridley Scott drinking buddies or something? Both of them are shells of their former selves as directors now. I don't know what I want more, Cameron to stop with Avatar or Scott to walk away from the Alien franchise. It's really sad at this point
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4:33PM on 04/15/2016
Every time Cameron releases a movie it's deja vu. Everyone bashes Cameron initially. Then the movie is released, and everyone loves it! Then the movie becomes the most successful movie ever, and everyone hates it! Before Avatar everyone on the internet called Titanic "The worst movie ever made". People viciously hated it. Now that Avatar took the top spot,and people viciously hate that.

I remember even when Spielberg had the two top films of all time, E.T. & Jurassic Park, and people online
Every time Cameron releases a movie it's deja vu. Everyone bashes Cameron initially. Then the movie is released, and everyone loves it! Then the movie becomes the most successful movie ever, and everyone hates it! Before Avatar everyone on the internet called Titanic "The worst movie ever made". People viciously hated it. Now that Avatar took the top spot,and people viciously hate that.

I remember even when Spielberg had the two top films of all time, E.T. & Jurassic Park, and people online HATED those films. I remember having a very heated online conversation when I was 16years old, and everyone was bashing me for defending Jurassic Park. These people kept calling me a little kid, and that Jurassic Park was only successful because of its CGI effects, that the story was awful, and the kids in it were annoying. My older brother still hates the movie because he is mindlessly riding that anti-Spielberg bandwagon that popped up in the 90s. Now that bandwagon has shifted its focus to Cameron.
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1:46AM on 04/17/2016
I know the Internet has been around for awhile, but I'm pretty sure nobody was using the Internet to bash Jurassic Park, Titanic, or especially E.T. Unless you mean this all happened recently but in your post you said "when those movies came out" so I think you're a bit delusional friend
I know the Internet has been around for awhile, but I'm pretty sure nobody was using the Internet to bash Jurassic Park, Titanic, or especially E.T. Unless you mean this all happened recently but in your post you said "when those movies came out" so I think you're a bit delusional friend
12:50PM on 04/15/2016
you guys...lol. i cant wait for all the haters to eat crow come 2018.

if james cameron is wet over his original universe, we should be grateful as human being to have the opportunity to experience it as well. james cameron is a GOD, you imbeciles. AVATAR #1 forever
you guys...lol. i cant wait for all the haters to eat crow come 2018.

if james cameron is wet over his original universe, we should be grateful as human being to have the opportunity to experience it as well. james cameron is a GOD, you imbeciles. AVATAR #1 forever
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8:27AM on 04/15/2016
It seems very unlikely that he could repeat the success of the original as so many people are thoroughly sick of 3D movies by now. I mean, it's Cameron so he's quite capable of surprising everyone with something amazing, but I have to question whether Avatar is the right horse to be betting the farm on.
It seems very unlikely that he could repeat the success of the original as so many people are thoroughly sick of 3D movies by now. I mean, it's Cameron so he's quite capable of surprising everyone with something amazing, but I have to question whether Avatar is the right horse to be betting the farm on.
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8:52AM on 04/15/2016
I agree, I don't discount the technology that he's using/creating for these films. But Avatar wasn't much of a film outside of the visuals. So couldn't he have just implemented his technology on other films (i.e. Battle Angel)?
I agree, I don't discount the technology that he's using/creating for these films. But Avatar wasn't much of a film outside of the visuals. So couldn't he have just implemented his technology on other films (i.e. Battle Angel)?
8:03AM on 04/15/2016
He's been talking about these sequels almost after the first one broke every record. No one is clamoring for these!
Such a waste because he's such a talented film maker and could be pouring his resources into other endeavours.
He's been talking about these sequels almost after the first one broke every record. No one is clamoring for these!
Such a waste because he's such a talented film maker and could be pouring his resources into other endeavours.
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7:24AM on 04/15/2016

Wake up & smell the coffee

You csnt lock a sequel..but your're prromising 4?? mehh
You csnt lock a sequel..but your're prromising 4?? mehh
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2:40AM on 04/15/2016
"We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process... We began to bump up against the limitations for our art form."

No. You're just looking for a way to get more money.
"We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process... We began to bump up against the limitations for our art form."

No. You're just looking for a way to get more money.
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12:23AM on 04/15/2016
I would rather have a True Lies sequel
I would rather have a True Lies sequel
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11:49PM on 04/14/2016
Please Cameron, stop giving us original groundbreaking films that break records, receive critical praise, win awards. It's so annoy how you keep making films that get nominated for Oscars. Just stop. Make movies based on nostalgic franchises, and churn them out without thought or care like Bay or Snyder. We need more fanfare that reminds us that "these things existed when I was a kid!"
Please Cameron, stop giving us original groundbreaking films that break records, receive critical praise, win awards. It's so annoy how you keep making films that get nominated for Oscars. Just stop. Make movies based on nostalgic franchises, and churn them out without thought or care like Bay or Snyder. We need more fanfare that reminds us that "these things existed when I was a kid!"
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8:50AM on 04/15/2016
"Please Cameron, stop giving us original groundbreaking films..."

Kind of an ironic comment to make considering the article is about Cameron making Avatar 2, 3, 4, 5. After the first one came out in 2008, it's no longer an original ground-breaking film....
"Please Cameron, stop giving us original groundbreaking films..."

Kind of an ironic comment to make considering the article is about Cameron making Avatar 2, 3, 4, 5. After the first one came out in 2008, it's no longer an original ground-breaking film....
11:11PM on 04/14/2016
Real funny James. He will make two at the most.
Real funny James. He will make two at the most.
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10:37PM on 04/14/2016

Lol

It's getting ridiculous now. What happened to you when you were under the sea alone, Jim?
It's getting ridiculous now. What happened to you when you were under the sea alone, Jim?
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10:12PM on 04/14/2016
Maybe just try making ONE movie at a time? It's already coming on *seven* years since Avatar. At that rate he likely wont live long enough (literally) to make another four of them.
Maybe just try making ONE movie at a time? It's already coming on *seven* years since Avatar. At that rate he likely wont live long enough (literally) to make another four of them.
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9:55PM on 04/14/2016
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9:40PM on 04/14/2016
I still love James Cameron, I thought Avatar was a good movie and since he knows how to make a buck or two for the studios I had no doubts there would be more than one sequel but announcing plans for 4 more?! I'm tired of hearing about all these fucking future plans that may not even pan out, one movie at a fucking time. Oh I forgot to mention my untitled blockbuster will hit theaters in the summer of of 2035 if everything moves along as it should. RSVP your seats now.
I still love James Cameron, I thought Avatar was a good movie and since he knows how to make a buck or two for the studios I had no doubts there would be more than one sequel but announcing plans for 4 more?! I'm tired of hearing about all these fucking future plans that may not even pan out, one movie at a fucking time. Oh I forgot to mention my untitled blockbuster will hit theaters in the summer of of 2035 if everything moves along as it should. RSVP your seats now.
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7:47PM on 04/14/2016

Another director is dead to me

I remember when I used to be super-excited for a new James Cameron film. I remember claiming him to be one of the best action directors of all time; who could also write a fine screenplay! Sadly, that man disappeared 20 years ago. Now, we have this proxy.
I remember when I used to be super-excited for a new James Cameron film. I remember claiming him to be one of the best action directors of all time; who could also write a fine screenplay! Sadly, that man disappeared 20 years ago. Now, we have this proxy.
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7:36PM on 04/14/2016
You should ask yourselves how is Cameron convincing the studio to go along with this. These sequels can't be cheap to make. How is he getting the suits to green light 4 sequels?
You should ask yourselves how is Cameron convincing the studio to go along with this. These sequels can't be cheap to make. How is he getting the suits to green light 4 sequels?
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7:50PM on 04/14/2016
Because two studios tried to make him spend less on the first $200 million movie ever made, TITANIC. He told them to fuck off... and it ended up being the biggest money maker of all time. This is after his huge success with Aliens, True Lies and Terminator 2 as well.
After that, he made Avatar and I'm sure the studios were like "Shit, lightning can't strike again for this guy, can it?" But it did. So now, he basically has carte blanche, and I doubt ANYONE would turn down investment in another
Because two studios tried to make him spend less on the first $200 million movie ever made, TITANIC. He told them to fuck off... and it ended up being the biggest money maker of all time. This is after his huge success with Aliens, True Lies and Terminator 2 as well.
After that, he made Avatar and I'm sure the studios were like "Shit, lightning can't strike again for this guy, can it?" But it did. So now, he basically has carte blanche, and I doubt ANYONE would turn down investment in another potential multi-billion dollar success.
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7:01PM on 04/14/2016
He totally missed the boat on this one. I don't think anyone cares anymore.
He totally missed the boat on this one. I don't think anyone cares anymore.
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6:52PM on 04/14/2016

It's official...

...James Cameron is now the George RR Martin of movies.
...James Cameron is now the George RR Martin of movies.
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10:46PM on 04/14/2016
To be fair, everybody's waiting for The Winds of Winter. I'm not sure anybody really wants Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5.
To be fair, everybody's waiting for The Winds of Winter. I'm not sure anybody really wants Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5.
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6:46PM on 04/14/2016

WHY??!!!!

Dosent he get that there's absolutely NO DEMAND for Avatar??! Pisses me off cause he could be doing other great Sci-Fi movies and instead he's gonna spend the next decade doing these when literally NOBODY CARES. He might even ruin his career with this move when they tank at the box office!
Dosent he get that there's absolutely NO DEMAND for Avatar??! Pisses me off cause he could be doing other great Sci-Fi movies and instead he's gonna spend the next decade doing these when literally NOBODY CARES. He might even ruin his career with this move when they tank at the box office!
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6:37PM on 04/14/2016
I understand that the first one was a big hit but I just don't see the sequels being as popular. I also don't see why it needs 4 more movies
I understand that the first one was a big hit but I just don't see the sequels being as popular. I also don't see why it needs 4 more movies
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6:13PM on 04/14/2016
One of the most overrated movies of all time. Very cool spectacle upon first viewing. Took my mom to see it and could hardly get through a second time. Wish these would go away.
One of the most overrated movies of all time. Very cool spectacle upon first viewing. Took my mom to see it and could hardly get through a second time. Wish these would go away.
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5:52PM on 04/14/2016
Yawn.....
Yawn.....
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5:43PM on 04/14/2016

Oh for the love....

JUST START SHOOTING THE GOD DAMN MOVIES ALREADY!!! Jesus, another sequel and he hasn't shot one stitch of film for this first sequel. He'll be dead by the time he gets around to the second sequel.
JUST START SHOOTING THE GOD DAMN MOVIES ALREADY!!! Jesus, another sequel and he hasn't shot one stitch of film for this first sequel. He'll be dead by the time he gets around to the second sequel.
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5:43PM on 04/14/2016
I was hoping for 14 installments of Avatar, but I guess I'll just have to settle for five.
I was hoping for 14 installments of Avatar, but I guess I'll just have to settle for five.
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6:35PM on 04/14/2016
lol.There`s still time.
lol.There`s still time.
5:43PM on 04/14/2016
James Cameron is one impressive film-maker. He has consistently pursued grandiose and "impossible" visions and then delivered on them. Also, his visuals are groundbreaking. However, he rarely offers us "thinking man's" sci-fi. The Abyss and T2 are exceptions. However, most Cameron work is about action, spectacle, and melodrama. It is very, very well-done popcorn fare, but it is not Kubrick, Spielberg, Nolan, or anything like that. We shall see if these Avatar sequels--no doubt long-ass
James Cameron is one impressive film-maker. He has consistently pursued grandiose and "impossible" visions and then delivered on them. Also, his visuals are groundbreaking. However, he rarely offers us "thinking man's" sci-fi. The Abyss and T2 are exceptions. However, most Cameron work is about action, spectacle, and melodrama. It is very, very well-done popcorn fare, but it is not Kubrick, Spielberg, Nolan, or anything like that. We shall see if these Avatar sequels--no doubt long-ass movies--have any substance in the end.
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5:28PM on 04/14/2016
You bore me, James Cameron.
You bore me, James Cameron.
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5:18PM on 04/14/2016

hmmm….

my first reaction to this was immediately, "how about finally getting the first sequel out, then seeing how it goes."
but this guy clearly has a vision and a story to tell. and his track record is pretty solid. if he's creating an entire world, maybe even universe, and using new technology and techniques we haven't seen, then i'm willing to wait and see what he's got planned. this could turn out to be pretty epic. if they leave that planet eventually (after seeing a hopefully awesome
my first reaction to this was immediately, "how about finally getting the first sequel out, then seeing how it goes."
but this guy clearly has a vision and a story to tell. and his track record is pretty solid. if he's creating an entire world, maybe even universe, and using new technology and techniques we haven't seen, then i'm willing to wait and see what he's got planned. this could turn out to be pretty epic. if they leave that planet eventually (after seeing a hopefully awesome underwater film) then head out to space, other worlds and all that bullshit….this could be cool. this could be great.
or not.
but the news of even more has me intrigued as to what he's got in store for us…
i mean, there's plenty other movies to watch, and when one of these finally comes out hopefully it'll be entertaining at least.
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4:23PM on 04/14/2016

I cannot believe I am writing this...

I lost all interest in any news concerning a future James Cameron movie...

I still hope he will shut me up...
I lost all interest in any news concerning a future James Cameron movie...

I still hope he will shut me up...
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4:21PM on 04/14/2016

BTW, if any JoBlo staff sees this......

Every time I open any page on your site, TWO videos start running at the same time. The lag is so bad that it takes up to 30 seconds to even pause them. I tried to make this comment, but it took over a minute just for the page to load. In the meantime, the video I closed on the main page started again magically.

I'm all for you guys using advertising, but when the site stops working because of it, I'd say that's a problem.
Every time I open any page on your site, TWO videos start running at the same time. The lag is so bad that it takes up to 30 seconds to even pause them. I tried to make this comment, but it took over a minute just for the page to load. In the meantime, the video I closed on the main page started again magically.

I'm all for you guys using advertising, but when the site stops working because of it, I'd say that's a problem.
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4:21PM on 04/14/2016
Don't really care about this movie anymore. He took way too long to come out with a sequel and the first wasn't all that great.
Don't really care about this movie anymore. He took way too long to come out with a sequel and the first wasn't all that great.
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4:38PM on 04/14/2016
Did you think he would release the sequel immediately? It took him 12 years to make the 1st one.
Did you think he would release the sequel immediately? It took him 12 years to make the 1st one.
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4:15PM on 04/14/2016

And the number I'll see in the theater.....zero

No interest whatsoever.
No interest whatsoever.
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4:11PM on 04/14/2016
I think he lost it...
I think he lost it...
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4:08PM on 04/14/2016
Seeing how the first sequel us taking like 10 years I'm not really seeing how this is justified
Seeing how the first sequel us taking like 10 years I'm not really seeing how this is justified
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4:01PM on 04/14/2016

serioulsty?

does anyone even care about avatar anymore? It's like James Cameron thinks this is gonna be as big as star wars.
does anyone even care about avatar anymore? It's like James Cameron thinks this is gonna be as big as star wars.
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