The mighty James Cameron, mastermind of Terminator, Titanic and Aliens, has announced three new sequels to his 2009 sci-fi spectacular, Avatar. Currently crowned as the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar was Cameron’s passionate parallel to corporate greed, environmental negligence and proxy warfare. Set against the backdrop of a mining corporation uprooting an indigenous populous of spiritual cat-things, the film told the tale of Jake Sullivan, a battle-hardened marine who sides with the natives and leads a revolution to regain their land.
Despite a luke-warm reception from critics, the movie grossed a gargantuan $2.8 billion, which as any producer will tell you, demands a sequel. However, even the most optimistic fan may be taken aback by today’s announcement. The LA Times are reporting that Cameron has signed on to co-write and direct three sequels back to back.
“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,”
Avatar 2 will be scheduled for release December 2016, with part 3 December 2017 and the, supposed, conclusion pulling into theaters December 2018.