Some eight years after the release of Avatar, which took the global box office by storm on its way to becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time, James Cameron has now revealed to EW that he’s in “full-tilt production” on the four sequels to the sci-fi blockbuster.
“Oh, we’re in production,” states Cameron. “We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”
The Avatar sequels will featuring returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, while new additions to the cast include Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead).
Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025.