Last time we checked in with James Cameron, he was on a farm in New Zealand writing the screenplays for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. “I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now,” he said. “There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”
Five months later, Cameron has revealed that, in addition to Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, there will also be an Avatar 4. That’s a lot of Avatar for one man to write, so it should come as no surprise that Cameron has hired a couple of screenwriters to help him out. They are as follows: Josh Friedman (creator of The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages).
For those who were worried that the 12 year gap between Titanic and Avatar meant that there would also be a 12 year gap between Avatar and Avatar 2, good news: Cameron has confirmed a release date for Avatar 2, and it’s only three years away, not twelve. The first Avatar sequel will be released in December 2016, and the other two sequels will be released during the following two Decembers.