James Cameron has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox to make two sequels to Avatar: Avatar 2, for release in December 2014, and Avatar 3, for release in December 2015.
“Avatar was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world,” the director said in a statement. “With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience’s expectations for the richness of Avatar’s visual world and the power of the storytelling. 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.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora,” Cameron said, “a world where our imaginations can run wild.”