James Cameron’s ambitious plans to shoot four sequels to 2009’s sci-fi hit Avatar is about to commence. While the jury may still be out on whether or not audiences will flock to theaters for the return of the franchise, Sigourney Weaver is looking forward to reprising her role.
Speaking with Variety about her work in A Monster Calls, which hits U.S. theaters next month, Weaver confirmed that Cameron had given her scripts for the next three films in the series.
“In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”
This is a pretty bold statement, as the scope of the original film was certainly nothing to sneeze at. But these comments indicate that Cameron has only begun to scratch the surface, and Avatar fans could be in for quite a treat when they finally return to the world of Pandora.
As far as when that return will take place, the first sequel is currently expected to open Dec. 21, 2018 – the same date Twentieth Century Fox is holding for an unspecified film by Lightstorm Entertainment, which happens to the the production company owned by Cameron.
Granted, the first Avatar sequel was originally slated for 2014, and that timeline didn’t exactly pan out, so it may be wise not to circle that date on the calendar just yet. The other Avatar films are scheduled for release in 2020, 2022, and 2023.
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