Latest Movie News Headlines

Four screenwriters hired to develop Avatar 2,3, and 4 which will be filmed simultaneously

Aug. 1, 2013by: Alex Maidy

With months of speculation on the forthcoming sequels to AVATAR including new technology for underwater sequences, the possibility of one being a prequel, and more, we now have our first official confirmation that AVATAR 2 will begin production for a 2016 release followed by two more sequels each of the next two years.

Deadline reports that James Cameron and Fox have selected a group of screenwriters to write the three films which are now planned to be filmed simultaneously, much like THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT. The sequels will be written by Josh Friedman (WAR OF THE WORLDS), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES), and Shane Salerno. Salerno previously worked with James Cameron on FANTASTIC VOYAGE and directed the upcoming SALINGER documentary. Each writer will work with Cameron to develop the individual films which will begin production in 2014.

Cameron had this to say about the news:

“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.”

Despite being the highest grossing movie of all time, AVATAR has been out of the zeitgeist for several years. Airings on basic cable have definitely kept it in the minds of movie-goers, but with such a massive financial commitment amidst big budget films falling short at the box office, are three films overkill? I liked AVATAR enough to buy a copy of the special edition on Blu-ray but the biggest draw was the groundbreaking use of 3D, a format that has lost some of it's luster. I am still a firm believer that AVATAR is the only worthwhile 3D film released to date and I would be stunned if he didn't deliver something amazing for the sequels.

Are you excited to be getting not just two but three more AVATAR movies?

Source: Deadline

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

12:21PM on 08/03/2013
My mom was telling me that James Cameron plans on putting the money made on Avatar 2-4 in to deep sea exploration. I have a better idea Jim, just do deep sea exploration instead of films the world really does not need. I'll be honest, I would GLADLY see a James Cameron underwater voyage documentary than Avatar 2 let alone 2 more sequels after that. So that's my answer. Spend the money on Deep Sea Exploration and make that one HELL of an amazing documentary instead.
My mom was telling me that James Cameron plans on putting the money made on Avatar 2-4 in to deep sea exploration. I have a better idea Jim, just do deep sea exploration instead of films the world really does not need. I'll be honest, I would GLADLY see a James Cameron underwater voyage documentary than Avatar 2 let alone 2 more sequels after that. So that's my answer. Spend the money on Deep Sea Exploration and make that one HELL of an amazing documentary instead.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:33PM on 08/02/2013
"We're doing 3 sequels instead of 2 now because I just thought of a third movie we could shamelessly "borrow" from!"
"We're doing 3 sequels instead of 2 now because I just thought of a third movie we could shamelessly "borrow" from!"
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
11:50AM on 08/02/2013

I think is to much

I think is to much and it will end up blowing up in the face of the studio. I just wonder the ridiculous amount of money these 3 films are going to cost, considering Avatar I cost was around 300 or so. I agree with Nammerman he should aim for exceeding expectations with a sequel and then we shall see.
I think is to much and it will end up blowing up in the face of the studio. I just wonder the ridiculous amount of money these 3 films are going to cost, considering Avatar I cost was around 300 or so. I agree with Nammerman he should aim for exceeding expectations with a sequel and then we shall see.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:08AM on 08/02/2013
From a big JC fan... Avatar was an OK story at best, that was wrapped in great visuals and presented in a high quality 3D format people hadn't seen before (hence the box office results). I would much prefer seeing a second movie first before having two other ones crammed down my throat that I don't even care about. Because as of right now, there's nothing about how the movie ended that makes me feel compelled to want to see more in terms of story/characters.
From a big JC fan... Avatar was an OK story at best, that was wrapped in great visuals and presented in a high quality 3D format people hadn't seen before (hence the box office results). I would much prefer seeing a second movie first before having two other ones crammed down my throat that I don't even care about. Because as of right now, there's nothing about how the movie ended that makes me feel compelled to want to see more in terms of story/characters.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:13AM on 08/02/2013

His Name is James Cameron

Who's That, It's Him, James Cameron!
[link]
Who's That, It's Him, James Cameron!
[link]
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
8:19AM on 08/02/2013
I'm surprised by the overwhelming number of thumbs down.
Cameron has not made a bad movie, ever, and is actually the most financially successful director ever.
I say good on him to committing to all these sequels, I wish the same had happened with the Terminator franchise, but I'll settle for Avatar.
I'm surprised by the overwhelming number of thumbs down.
Cameron has not made a bad movie, ever, and is actually the most financially successful director ever.
I say good on him to committing to all these sequels, I wish the same had happened with the Terminator franchise, but I'll settle for Avatar.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:03PM on 08/03/2013
Exactly every movie he has done has been excellent and his box office take speaks for itself. When you have a film bringing in over a billion dollars you let the man do what he wants. I don't understand the fanboy hate for him at all.
Exactly every movie he has done has been excellent and his box office take speaks for itself. When you have a film bringing in over a billion dollars you let the man do what he wants. I don't understand the fanboy hate for him at all.
7:40AM on 08/02/2013
They could even create a tv series if all Cameron does is composing the abundant of materials that he and his team has built. Developing a new technology is expensive, but reusing assets is significantly cheaper.
They could even create a tv series if all Cameron does is composing the abundant of materials that he and his team has built. Developing a new technology is expensive, but reusing assets is significantly cheaper.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:40AM on 08/02/2013
Oh goodie, so these Avatar sequels should still be coming out long after James Cameron is dead.
Oh goodie, so these Avatar sequels should still be coming out long after James Cameron is dead.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:12AM on 08/02/2013
Look Jim, if you want to make a sequel, just make a f*cking sequel. What is it with this guy and making movies 12 years apart? Either you have absolutely no clue where this franchise is headed and are trying to squeeze whatever juice is left out of it, or you're just out of ideas for other movies and find yourself with nothing left to do. Avatar was mediocre at best and had some cool visuals. That's it. Stop assuming it's so f*cking important that you need to hire four screenwriters to write a
Look Jim, if you want to make a sequel, just make a f*cking sequel. What is it with this guy and making movies 12 years apart? Either you have absolutely no clue where this franchise is headed and are trying to squeeze whatever juice is left out of it, or you're just out of ideas for other movies and find yourself with nothing left to do. Avatar was mediocre at best and had some cool visuals. That's it. Stop assuming it's so f*cking important that you need to hire four screenwriters to write a movie that'll take 7 years to make that uses film-tech that was in existence long before you came along. *pant pant pant end of rant*
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:44AM on 08/02/2013

Avatar = 2009

Jim it's time to put up or shut up... nobody really gives a shit about it now it's 2013, and you released it in 2009 and you're telling me there's 3 more coming when??? in 2016??? by the time you finish this series everybody that once cared will have died off.
Jim it's time to put up or shut up... nobody really gives a shit about it now it's 2013, and you released it in 2009 and you're telling me there's 3 more coming when??? in 2016??? by the time you finish this series everybody that once cared will have died off.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:42AM on 08/02/2013

Avatar was a metaphor for Cowboys and Indians

it's just a metaphor for our real life history: Cowboys killing Indians and how we wiped out the indigenous population of the USA... for real... just make another ALIEN sequel Jim.... you're better than this...
and Avatar WAS the most over-hyped movie of the last 50 years... thank you Mr Kurtz... visually a masterpiece, but Avatar had a simple plot and laid it on too thick in the CGI department
it's just a metaphor for our real life history: Cowboys killing Indians and how we wiped out the indigenous population of the USA... for real... just make another ALIEN sequel Jim.... you're better than this...
and Avatar WAS the most over-hyped movie of the last 50 years... thank you Mr Kurtz... visually a masterpiece, but Avatar had a simple plot and laid it on too thick in the CGI department
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:39AM on 08/02/2013
Fully agree with you
Fully agree with you
12:26AM on 08/02/2013

Nope...

My God I hated Avatar. Maybe the most overhyped movie made in the last 50 years...
My God I hated Avatar. Maybe the most overhyped movie made in the last 50 years...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
12:07AM on 08/02/2013

D:

I will skip all of these. Avatar wasn't that good.
I will skip all of these. Avatar wasn't that good.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
12:00AM on 08/02/2013
Dammit Jim, you're a director, not a modern JRR Tolkien!
Dammit Jim, you're a director, not a modern JRR Tolkien!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:01PM on 08/01/2013
No Jim, you've got lots of great stories left in ya, please don't go full George Lucas on us all!
No Jim, you've got lots of great stories left in ya, please don't go full George Lucas on us all!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:47PM on 08/01/2013
I'll see the movies, but I could do without them. It's been almost 4 years since talks of Avatar sequels started after the first movie, but not once has Cameron said anything about the story of these films. All he seems to care about is making cool new 3D effects and environments (like Pandora's oceans). If Cameron actually had plans to develop a great story over 3 films I'd be way more excited for these films. But as of right now its just mild curiosity.
I'll see the movies, but I could do without them. It's been almost 4 years since talks of Avatar sequels started after the first movie, but not once has Cameron said anything about the story of these films. All he seems to care about is making cool new 3D effects and environments (like Pandora's oceans). If Cameron actually had plans to develop a great story over 3 films I'd be way more excited for these films. But as of right now its just mild curiosity.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:43PM on 08/01/2013
He really does think himself a Tolkien doesnt he
He really does think himself a Tolkien doesnt he
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:32PM on 08/01/2013
I'm proud of everyone today. Not one mention of Smurfs OR Dances w Wolves.

Oh. Wait.....
I'm proud of everyone today. Not one mention of Smurfs OR Dances w Wolves.

Oh. Wait.....
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:05PM on 08/01/2013
There goes my dream of him making another Terminator movie or anything else (non-Avatar) with Arnold
There goes my dream of him making another Terminator movie or anything else (non-Avatar) with Arnold
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:55PM on 08/01/2013
I liked Avatar better on TV without the 3D. The 3D was a gimmick to get people to go see the movie. It took away from the story. The story was actually quite good.
I liked Avatar better on TV without the 3D. The 3D was a gimmick to get people to go see the movie. It took away from the story. The story was actually quite good.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:35PM on 08/01/2013

Do something relevant again

What a depressing future for fans of James Cameron. Blech.
What a depressing future for fans of James Cameron. Blech.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:35PM on 08/01/2013
The first Avatar was so damn boring....This news sucks.
The first Avatar was so damn boring....This news sucks.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:54PM on 08/01/2013
Never saw the first one, really don't feel like I missed much.
Never saw the first one, really don't feel like I missed much.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:45PM on 08/01/2013
Should direct an Aquaman film for DC.
Should direct an Aquaman film for DC.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:53PM on 08/01/2013
hmmmm.... interesting.
hmmmm.... interesting.
5:36PM on 08/01/2013
I liked the 1st Avatar but I didn't think story wise that it was great. So I honestly don't care for 3 more installments.
I liked the 1st Avatar but I didn't think story wise that it was great. So I honestly don't care for 3 more installments.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-2
5:33PM on 08/01/2013
Unless this is really going to become Avatar the Last Airbender (the amazing Nickelodeon animated show) then who cares? Just because this movie made money doesn't mean one sequel let alone 3 sequels were needed.
Unless this is really going to become Avatar the Last Airbender (the amazing Nickelodeon animated show) then who cares? Just because this movie made money doesn't mean one sequel let alone 3 sequels were needed.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:13PM on 08/01/2013

3 more?

There was only one sequel to Pocahontas how is Cameron gonna make two more storylines?!?
There was only one sequel to Pocahontas how is Cameron gonna make two more storylines?!?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:05PM on 08/01/2013
With marines!
With marines!
4:57PM on 08/01/2013
yawn.

also, ps. 'hugo' was a waaaaaaay more worthwhile 3D film than this steaming pile was.
yawn.

also, ps. 'hugo' was a waaaaaaay more worthwhile 3D film than this steaming pile was.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-3
4:52PM on 08/01/2013

Only worthwhile 3D film to date?

Could not disagree with that more. Scorsese's Hugo outdid Avatar in the 3D department easily, and several other films have been just as worthwhile in 3D as Avatar, a few even better (as expected, what with time having passed and all).

Anyways, can't wait for more Avatar adventures, I'm down as hell over here and am frankly sick and tired of the Avatar hate. If you don't like it, don't talk about it - just ignore it. Simple as that.
Could not disagree with that more. Scorsese's Hugo outdid Avatar in the 3D department easily, and several other films have been just as worthwhile in 3D as Avatar, a few even better (as expected, what with time having passed and all).

Anyways, can't wait for more Avatar adventures, I'm down as hell over here and am frankly sick and tired of the Avatar hate. If you don't like it, don't talk about it - just ignore it. Simple as that.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:50PM on 08/01/2013
Jim, get a grip.
Jim, get a grip.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:01PM on 08/01/2013
Has anybody made a .gif of Cameron sucking his own dick yet? That would go well with his quote in this article.
Has anybody made a .gif of Cameron sucking his own dick yet? That would go well with his quote in this article.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:26PM on 08/01/2013

In Cameron We Trust.

Just let it happen.
Just let it happen.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:24PM on 08/01/2013

Seems a bit excessive

I think one Avatar sequel would have been enough, but three more sequels? Why is this necessary?
I think one Avatar sequel would have been enough, but three more sequels? Why is this necessary?
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:07PM on 08/01/2013
its not necessary. just like anything. but the guy wants to do it so whatever.
also making a few billion dollars im sure has to do with something
its not necessary. just like anything. but the guy wants to do it so whatever.
also making a few billion dollars im sure has to do with something
3:20PM on 08/01/2013

Just gonna make this short & simple...

I thought Avatar was the tits. I've liked every film Cameron has made since the first Terminator back in '84. And I'll be 1st in line for AvT2.

Even though many might not agree, there's plenty of sci-fi originality throughout the movie-going years (sometimes less than others) where we get awesome flicks like Inception, Super 8, Source Code, Looper & Pacific Rim....so a larger than life tentpole franchise sequel from Cameron is a welcome addition in my book.
I thought Avatar was the tits. I've liked every film Cameron has made since the first Terminator back in '84. And I'll be 1st in line for AvT2.

Even though many might not agree, there's plenty of sci-fi originality throughout the movie-going years (sometimes less than others) where we get awesome flicks like Inception, Super 8, Source Code, Looper & Pacific Rim....so a larger than life tentpole franchise sequel from Cameron is a welcome addition in my book.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:16PM on 08/01/2013
I'm not very fond of Avatar on a story level. It was just too much like a lot of other movies I've seen, needlessly stretched out, with a relatively uncharismatic leading man, and a director who can't help but let his ego fly. On a technical level, it's a marvel, but really, I mostly wound up rooting for the bad guys. I blame part of that on how thoroughly Stephen Lang embodied Col. Quaritch, and because he wasn't made of CGI it was that much more impressive (although the mo-cap actually felt
I'm not very fond of Avatar on a story level. It was just too much like a lot of other movies I've seen, needlessly stretched out, with a relatively uncharismatic leading man, and a director who can't help but let his ego fly. On a technical level, it's a marvel, but really, I mostly wound up rooting for the bad guys. I blame part of that on how thoroughly Stephen Lang embodied Col. Quaritch, and because he wasn't made of CGI it was that much more impressive (although the mo-cap actually felt mostly real for once).

Now, I understand the benefit of filming all at once. And when you consider how expensive Avatar was, it's the only way to do it. Now, maybe Avatar 2 will offer enough new twists (after all many argue Cameron's sequels are better than their original counterparts), but usually when they announce multiple sequels like they did with Matrix and POTC, it kills my suspense, because suddenly I know that the heroes are going to make it. Everything is already set. And many possible directions are suddenly whittled down to a select few.

And yeah, we don't need a fourth one.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:13PM on 08/01/2013
It looked good in the cinema, but there was no interesting story (more a mix of stories that everyone has seen before). How can they make three more movies out of what they got so far? Once I saw the first part I never had the urge to see it again. This wont be Cameron's own "Star Wars"
It looked good in the cinema, but there was no interesting story (more a mix of stories that everyone has seen before). How can they make three more movies out of what they got so far? Once I saw the first part I never had the urge to see it again. This wont be Cameron's own "Star Wars"
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:09PM on 08/01/2013
I got suckered into going to see the first movie when it came out. Like most people, I imagine, I was intrigued with the technical side of the movie, the supposedly incredible 3D, but found myself very bored with the movie. The whole Avatar universe didn't work for me. And in the end, even the special effects and 3D were not THAT good. I am not saying they were bad either, but I feel they were very much over hyped by others (mostly the medias) who got suckered onto the bandwagon.
Well, fast
I got suckered into going to see the first movie when it came out. Like most people, I imagine, I was intrigued with the technical side of the movie, the supposedly incredible 3D, but found myself very bored with the movie. The whole Avatar universe didn't work for me. And in the end, even the special effects and 3D were not THAT good. I am not saying they were bad either, but I feel they were very much over hyped by others (mostly the medias) who got suckered onto the bandwagon.
Well, fast forward a couple of years later and I am happy to see most people came back down to earth and are now finally seeing Avatar as not much more than a gimmick from someone who, unfortunately, started losing it after the success of Titanic.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:53PM on 08/01/2013

Screw this.

I was excited at the prospect of doing a sequel to Avatar, and maybe even a third movie, but a fourth one in this short span of time? I understand the need to flesh out what seems to be a very intriguing universe, but to push them out this fast, shooting back to back, and having new writers brought in?

No. Just no.

This reeks of "for the money" and not "for the exploration of a deep universe."
I was excited at the prospect of doing a sequel to Avatar, and maybe even a third movie, but a fourth one in this short span of time? I understand the need to flesh out what seems to be a very intriguing universe, but to push them out this fast, shooting back to back, and having new writers brought in?

No. Just no.

This reeks of "for the money" and not "for the exploration of a deep universe."
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:51PM on 08/01/2013
Call me crazy, but I really liked Avatar and look forward to as many more as they can crap out.
Call me crazy, but I really liked Avatar and look forward to as many more as they can crap out.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:50PM on 08/01/2013
I just can't get aboard the Avatar hating train with all these dour sourpusses. It did what it had to do with gusto; entertain the shit out of me. So, while I think it's cool that Cameron keeps coming up with more and more of these epic ideas for sequels I wish he'd just take one (or two tops) at a time. People's attention spans these days are short as fuck so the longer he takes the more disconnected people are gonna get from it.
I just can't get aboard the Avatar hating train with all these dour sourpusses. It did what it had to do with gusto; entertain the shit out of me. So, while I think it's cool that Cameron keeps coming up with more and more of these epic ideas for sequels I wish he'd just take one (or two tops) at a time. People's attention spans these days are short as fuck so the longer he takes the more disconnected people are gonna get from it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:46PM on 08/01/2013

Please

Make it stop. Avatar was a landmark achievement in filmmaking on a technical level, I'll admit that. But strip all that away and the film was forgettable. Thin characters, wooden performances (with the exception of Zoe Saldana), a by-the-numbers plot. We don't need a sequel, let alone three sequels. Get a grip, Cameron.
Make it stop. Avatar was a landmark achievement in filmmaking on a technical level, I'll admit that. But strip all that away and the film was forgettable. Thin characters, wooden performances (with the exception of Zoe Saldana), a by-the-numbers plot. We don't need a sequel, let alone three sequels. Get a grip, Cameron.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:42PM on 08/01/2013
What the hell? Cameron wrote his own scripts for almost all of his films.thats his trademark of building the story towards exciting action sequences.if they weren't written by cameron,they wouldn't have become the mighty "Cameron films".if the sequels are written by some others,they won't become The Cameron films.sad to hear this.may be cameron has become so old that he couldn't his own scripts.he should have hired Neill blomkamp and Edgar wright
What the hell? Cameron wrote his own scripts for almost all of his films.thats his trademark of building the story towards exciting action sequences.if they weren't written by cameron,they wouldn't have become the mighty "Cameron films".if the sequels are written by some others,they won't become The Cameron films.sad to hear this.may be cameron has become so old that he couldn't his own scripts.he should have hired Neill blomkamp and Edgar wright
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:39PM on 08/01/2013
I'll be the one sure positive opinion here, cuz it's just so cool to hate on Avatar. It's a good film. Yes, we all know it's not the most original piece ever conceived, but its still a very well made spectacle. If Cameron says he has more to tell, I believe him.
I'll be the one sure positive opinion here, cuz it's just so cool to hate on Avatar. It's a good film. Yes, we all know it's not the most original piece ever conceived, but its still a very well made spectacle. If Cameron says he has more to tell, I believe him.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-11
2:39PM on 08/01/2013
Fuck you, James Cameron. Just fuck you, and your fucking face.
Fuck you, James Cameron. Just fuck you, and your fucking face.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:31PM on 08/01/2013
Avatar was a fun movie. An Avatar 2, water version is doable but I can do without it. Avatar 3 and 4, jeez Cameron, let it go.
Avatar was a fun movie. An Avatar 2, water version is doable but I can do without it. Avatar 3 and 4, jeez Cameron, let it go.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Movie News Headlines


Top
Loading...
JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!