James Cameron ‘has scripts for four ‘Avatar’ sequels’

Composer James Horner says the writer-director is now trying to condense the four scripts into three

James Cameron has scripts for four Avatar sequels, composer James Horner has revealed.

Horner, who worked with Cameron on the original Avatar film as well as on Titanic and Aliens, also explained that the writer-director is now trying to condense the four scripts into three, because he is only planning to make a trio of sequels to his 2009 blockbuster.

“Right now Jim has four sequels, script wise,” Horner told HeyUGuys. “And he’s trying to make it into three. And that is where, I think, his effort is going right now. To keep it to three sequels. Because he’s got so much going on, how do you keep it from expanding into a fifth movie, total. And he’ll get that sorted out.”

Cameron has previously revealed that he is working on three sequels to his 2009 blockbuster – the highest-grossing film of all time – and plans to release them one a year for three consecutive years. Originally, the first sequel was supposed to come out in late 2016, but Cameron has since pushed it back to late 2017.

Released in 2009, Avatar became the highest-grossing film ever after raking in nearly $2.8 billion (£1.8 billion) at cinemas worldwide. It was nominated for nine Oscars the following year, taking home three in technical categories. Cameron shot the original film in New Zealand and will also shoot the sequels there after making a preferential tax deal with the country’s government.