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James Cameron commits to Avatar 2 and 3 as his next films

10.27.2010

You asked for it (??) and you got it. Despite numerous other temptations, James Cameron has officially committed to directing two sequels to AVATAR as his next films. The news comes from the official Twitter feed of 20th Century Fox Corporate Communications who just a few minutes ago posted: "James Cameron has agreed to make AVATAR 2 and 3 as his next films."

Of the news, Cameron said: "With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of AVATARís visual world and the power of the storytelling. 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 AVATARís 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. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."

Sony made a decent effort to steal Cameron away from AVATAR and Fox with their Angelina Jolie/CLEOPATRA proposal but ultimately it seems the director was intent to stay on the world of Pandora.

Whether the AVATAR sequels would be lumped together into one massive production looks to be a likely option but Cameron says he won't officially decide on that option until after the scripts are completed. Back in August, Cameron said that was something he was discussing with Fox as it "made a lot of sense" but that no decision had been made yet. The first sequel will be released in December, 2014 with the final installment in the franchise hitting theaters in December, 2015.

Cameron will begin writing the scripts for the sequels in early 2011 with production tentatively scheduled to begin later that year. For now you can assume that Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington will return and Cameron did hint recently that Sigourney Weaver would be welcomed back as "Nobody dies in a science fiction movie. Whether Grace lives or dies depends more on Sigourney's agent than anything."

Extra Tidbit: Yes, I just made that poster up.
Source: Twitter

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10:13PM on 10/28/2010

LONG wait till we revisit Pandora

Holy hell! 2014 and 2015?! Well, I'm definitely on board for Cameron's next two installments in his amazing adventures of the Na'vi heroes (who are amusingly called "Smurfs" by Avatar haters. Nothing against them. Can't please everyone.) It's just such a LONG ass wait! But it'll be worth it.
Holy hell! 2014 and 2015?! Well, I'm definitely on board for Cameron's next two installments in his amazing adventures of the Na'vi heroes (who are amusingly called "Smurfs" by Avatar haters. Nothing against them. Can't please everyone.) It's just such a LONG ass wait! But it'll be worth it.
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8:02AM on 10/28/2010

Can't wait!

Given Cameron's track record with sequels I think this franchise is in good hands. Look forward to their development.
Given Cameron's track record with sequels I think this franchise is in good hands. Look forward to their development.
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6:06AM on 10/28/2010
This time I hope the Smurf people have human avatars! Of course at the rate James directs movies it'll be ten years before the next one comes out and I will have forgotten how boring the first one was.
This time I hope the Smurf people have human avatars! Of course at the rate James directs movies it'll be ten years before the next one comes out and I will have forgotten how boring the first one was.
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2:54AM on 10/28/2010
I thoroughly enjoyed Avatar at the cinema, what a great movie despite it's narrative shortcomings. But I dig the universe and telling more stories in it could be very cool if it can explore the universe in a wholly original story.
I thoroughly enjoyed Avatar at the cinema, what a great movie despite it's narrative shortcomings. But I dig the universe and telling more stories in it could be very cool if it can explore the universe in a wholly original story.
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1:45AM on 10/28/2010

BOOOOOOH!

Although I got a couple mild chuckles every time he talks about "matching" or "exceeding" some form of the "emotional power" of the first film. Like that's a challenge.
Although I got a couple mild chuckles every time he talks about "matching" or "exceeding" some form of the "emotional power" of the first film. Like that's a challenge.
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11:54PM on 10/27/2010

sweet

Well I'm excited at least...
Well I'm excited at least...
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11:45PM on 10/27/2010

Avatar haters

seem to love to dwell in the past. Get over it. Yes, the Oscar nomination was undeserved, but really, nobody is claiming it's Shakespeare. It was a simple, crowd pleasing introduction to an intriguing science fiction world. It's no work of genius, but it had me sitting in a dark theater grinning like a 12 year old boy watching Jurassic Park for the first time. Pure, unadulterated awesomeness.
seem to love to dwell in the past. Get over it. Yes, the Oscar nomination was undeserved, but really, nobody is claiming it's Shakespeare. It was a simple, crowd pleasing introduction to an intriguing science fiction world. It's no work of genius, but it had me sitting in a dark theater grinning like a 12 year old boy watching Jurassic Park for the first time. Pure, unadulterated awesomeness.
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6:29PM on 10/27/2010
Big surprise. More shmurfs coming our way. As I previously said, he'd better drop the shmurfs and introduce new races, new environments and an interesting story. One can dream. We all know it'll only be more shmurfs.
Big surprise. More shmurfs coming our way. As I previously said, he'd better drop the shmurfs and introduce new races, new environments and an interesting story. One can dream. We all know it'll only be more shmurfs.
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5:21PM on 10/27/2010

Ugh

More Avatar? For a 3D movie, it was pretty one-dimensional story telling and character development. It's basically Dances With Wolves in space (for people who found DWW too talky). Defend special effects all you want, but the story was boring, and so were the characters.

More Avatar? For a 3D movie, it was pretty one-dimensional story telling and character development. It's basically Dances With Wolves in space (for people who found DWW too talky). Defend special effects all you want, but the story was boring, and so were the characters.

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11:14PM on 10/27/2010
I wasn't amazed by the 3D and the motion capture was better than a Zemeckis film but It wasn't really something as groundbreaking as Jurassic Park when it comes to special effects.
I wasn't amazed by the 3D and the motion capture was better than a Zemeckis film but It wasn't really something as groundbreaking as Jurassic Park when it comes to special effects.
5:14PM on 10/27/2010

Yes!

Watching this on a 50++ inch hd tv on blu blew me and all my friends away! This was the first and only movie Ive seen on 3d and that makes it so much cooler
Watching this on a 50++ inch hd tv on blu blew me and all my friends away! This was the first and only movie Ive seen on 3d and that makes it so much cooler
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4:18PM on 10/27/2010
Hell yeah, Cameron's best films are sequels. Before he was "king of the world" he was king of the sequels and I'm glad he's back.
Hell yeah, Cameron's best films are sequels. Before he was "king of the world" he was king of the sequels and I'm glad he's back.
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2:48PM on 10/27/2010
Bring on dem blue people! I'm ready!
Bring on dem blue people! I'm ready!
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2:10PM on 10/27/2010
Avatar isn't as overhyped/rated as The Dark Knight or Inception (though it obviously is a way worse movie), but yeah... Man, so don't care for any new Avtar movie at all.

But Cameron is the most overrated director (besides Nolan) anyway - Titanic aside he hasn't done one really great movie.
Avatar isn't as overhyped/rated as The Dark Knight or Inception (though it obviously is a way worse movie), but yeah... Man, so don't care for any new Avtar movie at all.

But Cameron is the most overrated director (besides Nolan) anyway - Titanic aside he hasn't done one really great movie.
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2:43PM on 10/27/2010
I mean to each their own but seriously? Terminator Terminator 2 and Aliens are are all great movies.
I mean to each their own but seriously? Terminator Terminator 2 and Aliens are are all great movies.
4:50PM on 10/27/2010
I was with you for a brief second there. Avatar is way overrated. The characters were really boring and I really didn't dig the Navi look. BUT saying Titanic is the only good movie Cameron has made??? You need to watch Terminator, Terminator 2, Aliens, True Lies and The Abyss. Oh and The Dark Knight is just a little overrated, great film, but just a little overrated. But Inception was incredible as well as the Prestige.
I was with you for a brief second there. Avatar is way overrated. The characters were really boring and I really didn't dig the Navi look. BUT saying Titanic is the only good movie Cameron has made??? You need to watch Terminator, Terminator 2, Aliens, True Lies and The Abyss. Oh and The Dark Knight is just a little overrated, great film, but just a little overrated. But Inception was incredible as well as the Prestige.
1:50PM on 10/27/2010

Avatar...

Is such a waste.
Is such a waste.
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1:33PM on 10/27/2010
I enjoyed Avatar but it was so overhyped it killed it for me. I'll probably still watch the sequels but don't expect me to be there opening weekend. It took me like 3 months to get to the theater to see the first. To be honest, the 3D wasn't really mind blowing for me either.
I enjoyed Avatar but it was so overhyped it killed it for me. I'll probably still watch the sequels but don't expect me to be there opening weekend. It took me like 3 months to get to the theater to see the first. To be honest, the 3D wasn't really mind blowing for me either.
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1:28PM on 10/27/2010
Too much James Cameron potential to be wasted on more AVATAR movies :/
Too much James Cameron potential to be wasted on more AVATAR movies :/
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1:13PM on 10/27/2010

idk about

you guys but i thought AVATAR was an awesome movie. sure the story wasnt the best, it's still a great and entertaining movie to watch. i'm excited to see 2 and 3. go ahead. thumb me down. i could care less lol
you guys but i thought AVATAR was an awesome movie. sure the story wasnt the best, it's still a great and entertaining movie to watch. i'm excited to see 2 and 3. go ahead. thumb me down. i could care less lol
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1:12PM on 10/27/2010
I can't wait for Avatar 2 and 3, sign me up!
I can't wait for Avatar 2 and 3, sign me up!
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1:05PM on 10/27/2010
This guy must wipe his ass with 100 dollar bills at this point. One Avatar was all that was needed, this is a blatant cash in. Rejoice.
This guy must wipe his ass with 100 dollar bills at this point. One Avatar was all that was needed, this is a blatant cash in. Rejoice.
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1:04PM on 10/27/2010

YOU PEOPLE LIKE SMELLING JC NUTZ!!

Although, I think Avatar and 3D Tech was overrated, one must admit that Cameron knows how to make scifi movies, etc! despite that his ideas come from reading science fiction novels! Still, don't bash them unless you're committed of not spedning your parents' money on seeing his movies -- at almsot 3 billion, someone went more then once to see it! I only went once! LOL
Although, I think Avatar and 3D Tech was overrated, one must admit that Cameron knows how to make scifi movies, etc! despite that his ideas come from reading science fiction novels! Still, don't bash them unless you're committed of not spedning your parents' money on seeing his movies -- at almsot 3 billion, someone went more then once to see it! I only went once! LOL
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12:38PM on 10/27/2010
He's going to write both scripts within a few months before filming? That doesn't bode well considering he had about 10 years to develop and refine Avatar's clunky script. I really hope Fox loses a shit load of money on these. I want my once-favourite directors (Cameron, Lucas, etc.) to stop making computer-games and be filmmakers again!
He's going to write both scripts within a few months before filming? That doesn't bode well considering he had about 10 years to develop and refine Avatar's clunky script. I really hope Fox loses a shit load of money on these. I want my once-favourite directors (Cameron, Lucas, etc.) to stop making computer-games and be filmmakers again!
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12:13PM on 10/27/2010

I've said it all along...

The Trilogy names for the next 2 movies should be: Avatar - Humans Strike Back & Avatar - The Return of the Navi. Yes, these are all orginal ideas by me with no influence
The Trilogy names for the next 2 movies should be: Avatar - Humans Strike Back & Avatar - The Return of the Navi. Yes, these are all orginal ideas by me with no influence
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3:44PM on 10/27/2010
And Avatar will be re-released as "Avatar - A New Hope".
And Avatar will be re-released as "Avatar - A New Hope".
4:22PM on 10/27/2010
Never thought of that, but i'm copyrighting it ...lol
Never thought of that, but i'm copyrighting it ...lol
12:12PM on 10/27/2010
Did he really say: "the power of the storytelling"...Muhahahaa
Did he really say: "the power of the storytelling"...Muhahahaa
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11:35AM on 10/27/2010
Duh. Avatar is a bonafide cash cow for people who don't want to think through a movie, of course he'd latch on to it.
Duh. Avatar is a bonafide cash cow for people who don't want to think through a movie, of course he'd latch on to it.
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11:04AM on 10/27/2010
Am I the ONLY one that doesn't want to see Battle Angel or an Avatar sequel from Cameron right now? The first was alright but nothing that warrants a franchise.. and Battle Angel? A story about a female cyborg that looks like she is 14 kicking ass? I get Resident Evil , Equilibrium and Ultra violet flashbacks with that summary.. no thanks.

How can the guy who made Aliens, True Lies, Terminator/T2 and The Abyss be so fucking short on ideas?
Am I the ONLY one that doesn't want to see Battle Angel or an Avatar sequel from Cameron right now? The first was alright but nothing that warrants a franchise.. and Battle Angel? A story about a female cyborg that looks like she is 14 kicking ass? I get Resident Evil , Equilibrium and Ultra violet flashbacks with that summary.. no thanks.

How can the guy who made Aliens, True Lies, Terminator/T2 and The Abyss be so fucking short on ideas?
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11:27AM on 10/27/2010
Read the Battle Angel Manga. It ends on a weird note, but the story is fantastic. It's the kind of dark & gritty sci-fi that would have been a return to form for Cameron.
Read the Battle Angel Manga. It ends on a weird note, but the story is fantastic. It's the kind of dark & gritty sci-fi that would have been a return to form for Cameron.
9:51PM on 10/27/2010
That's about as ignorant as saying Saving Private Ryan is about guys shooting guns.
That's about as ignorant as saying Saving Private Ryan is about guys shooting guns.
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11:03AM on 10/27/2010
This is fucking with my mind enough to make me want to get rid of my Avatar DVD. The stupid son of a bitch (Cameron) said he was directing Battle Angel first LLLOOOOOONNNNGGGG before ever mentioning Avatar. That's what I was waiting for. That's what I thought his bigger goal was. I thought he was making Avatar as a way of testing the technology he would need for Battle Angel. But I can see now, if he's going to commit the next several years to doing Avatar 2 and 3, by the time Battle Angel
This is fucking with my mind enough to make me want to get rid of my Avatar DVD. The stupid son of a bitch (Cameron) said he was directing Battle Angel first LLLOOOOOONNNNGGGG before ever mentioning Avatar. That's what I was waiting for. That's what I thought his bigger goal was. I thought he was making Avatar as a way of testing the technology he would need for Battle Angel. But I can see now, if he's going to commit the next several years to doing Avatar 2 and 3, by the time Battle Angel comes along (if ever), I'll be too disillusioned to give a shit. I'm already on that bullet train.
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10:45AM on 10/27/2010

Wished he was doing Battle Angel, but oh well.

Avatar was great, and I'm sure the sequels will be just as good if not better. I'll certainly be there opening day.
Avatar was great, and I'm sure the sequels will be just as good if not better. I'll certainly be there opening day.
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9:51AM on 10/27/2010
"sigh"...
"sigh"...
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9:49AM on 10/27/2010
I liked Avatar and thought it was good for what it was. It definitely wasn't worth all the hype though. I think this is a situation where the sequels will be better.
I liked Avatar and thought it was good for what it was. It definitely wasn't worth all the hype though. I think this is a situation where the sequels will be better.
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9:47AM on 10/27/2010
I've been a defender of Cameron and Avatar. Don't think it's the best thing ever, but also think it gets too much HATE. That said, come ON, James. Do something different in between!!! What's up w/ Battle Angel of whatever it's called?
I've been a defender of Cameron and Avatar. Don't think it's the best thing ever, but also think it gets too much HATE. That said, come ON, James. Do something different in between!!! What's up w/ Battle Angel of whatever it's called?
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