James Cameron announces ‘Avatar’ sequel release plan

Director is currently writing parts two and three in the franchise

James Cameron has revealed that he plans to shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back, and is currently busy writing the scripts for both sequels.

The director told Entertainment Weekly that the third sequel would probably come out a year or so after the second.

“I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now,” he said. “We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back-to-back, but about a year apart.”

Cameron said that he’s planning for the two sequels hit the cinemas in December 2014 and 2015 respectively.

As well as saying “all” of the original cast will return for the new films, Cameron explained that a percentage of the sequel profits will be given to charity.

“Some percentage of the presumably-massive Avatar sequel gross will go to charity,” he said. “Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world.”

He added: “I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.”

Avatar was released in 2009, and is the highest-grossing film of all time in the US and Canada.