James Cameron has agreed to start filming 'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3' in late 2011, but will decide if he will shoot them back to back after completing the screenplays.
The 20th Century Fox could not wait any longer to make another "Avatar" movie. The studio has announced on Wednesday, October 27 that they are plotting "Avatar 2" for December 2014 and "Avatar 3" for December 2015 release.
James Cameron has signed up to work behind the lens for the follow-ups of his 2009 masterpiece and will shoot the movies starting in late 2011. He, however, will decide whether to film the two sequels back to back after he wraps up the scripts.
Cameron says in a statement, "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."
He additionally will team up with Jon Landau to produce the two films. "With the first movie, Jim only scratched the surface of the stories he wants to tell and the creatures and world he wants to create. Now we will continue his vision," Landau gushes.
"Avatar" starring Sam Worthington is the highest grossing film of all time, taking in nearly $2.8 billion in worldwide box office. It was released in 3-D and follows Jake Sully who embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery in distant moon Pandora.
Cameron recently revealed that he will explore the ocean on Pandora in "Avatar" sequel and shoot some underwater scenes, saying "I think what we should do there is - because we'll have to have characters that are in and under the water - is that we should actually capture them underwater."