It’s been a while since we’ve had any major updates on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, the first of which was originally supposed to hit theatres in Dec. 2014 — that is, until they realized they were simply being way too optimistic. Last we heard, producer Jon Landau had confirmed that Avatar 2 wouldn’t be coming until 2015 at the earliest, but it had the potential to be pushed back even further because James Cameron was still working on the screenplays for both sequels while simultaneously collaborating with WETA on an underwater motion capture system. Now this week we have learned that the sequels have been delayed yet again. It’s not all bad news, however. To help get things back on track, 20th Century Fox and James Cameron have hired a team of screenwriters to co-write the screenplays with him. There is also one other additional tidbit: there will now be three Avatar sequels instead of just two.
According to Variety, the following screenwriters have been hired to collaborate with James Cameron on Avatar 2, 3 and 4 respectively:
- Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds, The Black Dahlia)
- Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes)
- Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger)
Friedman also worked on the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, although ironically James Cameron had absolutely no involvement in that show. Jaffa and Silver, on the other hand, are two of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood as of late. In addition to penning the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, they are also working on Jurassic Park IV.
The movies are expected to be filmed simultaneously, which sounds like an enormous undertaking. As for the release dates, Avatar 2 is slated for December 2016, with parts 3 and 4 expected to be follow one year apart in Dec. 2017 and Dec. 2018. In other words, it will be another three years before James Cameron can once again restore faith in 3D movies. But will it be too little too late? Do you think the Avatar sequels will live up to expectations?