He opened Pandora’s box, and now he’s getting sucked back in for another two movies. 20th Century Fox just announced that film maker James Cameron has agreed to make two sequels to his record-breaking Avatar. The studio aims to have the first of the untitled projects in theaters by December 2014, and the second out a year later. Which means that they’ll probably be released just in time for you to go see it with your grandkids. Seriously, if it took him almost fifteen years to make the first one, we’re a little skeptical.
Cameron plans to start writing the scripts in the coming months, and then move into production sometime in fall 2011. It’s uncertain but likely that he will shoot both films back to back. Let’s hope so. If not, we think there’s no hope the third one will be complete in our lifetime.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild,” said Cameron in a press release. “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.”
What about after these two? Maybe he’s just going to keep making Avatar’s sequels until one of them wins a Best Picture Oscar. We wouldn’t mind. Check back with us in four years.