It's a week of Avatar sequel news. Yesterday, word began circulating that James Cameron tapped Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman to write Avatar 2. Now, according to Deadline, Cameron and Fox are talking about not just one or two sequels, but three. That doesn't come as a huge surprise, considering the director has said he's mainly interested in creating mores stories in that world.
Cameron has also talked about shooting three sequels at the same time. This still seems to be the plan as Cameron has tapped a group of screenwriters to tackle the sequels. Deadline reiterates Friedman's involvement in one of the sequels, but also notes that Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver will pen one script while Salinger director Shane Salerno is working on another. Cameron, who is overseeing the creative process and co-writing the features, noted the variety of tales that can be told in his universe.
"Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience," Cameron said. "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."
The films are tentatively schedule for release dates in December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018.