They will be released over the next seven years
James Cameron is planning to shoot four Avatar sequels all in one go.
The director recently announced that he intends to turn the 2009 science fiction film into a saga, releasing a second instalment in December 2018. A third Avatar film is scheduled to come out in 2020, followed a fourth and fifth in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
Rather than film each movie separately, Cameron will instead shoot all eight hours of the series concurrently.
“It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [AVATAR scripts] simultaneously,” he explained in an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland.
“So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from Movie One. We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point.
He added: “It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, this person hasn’t died yet, so you’re still in this phase of your life.’ It’s a saga. It’s like doing all three GODFATHER films at the same time.”
Avatar won three Academy Awards for for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects in 2010.