Avatar was released in in 2009 and quickly changed the game for cinematic design and movie experiences. James Cameron directed something that simply had never been done before, perfecting clean cut images and striking colors. The world Cameron creates is intriguing and diverse and often called “James’ Cameron’s Avatar.”
Viewers can prepare themselves to be captivated not only one more Avatar movie, but four. The inhabitants of Pandora will return for Avatar 2 on December 18th of 2020. The time frame for the releases are staggered and oddly specific, as there is already 11 years between the first and second movies. Avatar 3 will be released on December 17th of 2021. There will be a three year gap before the opening of Avatar 4, which will hit theaters on December 20th of 2024. The final movie in the sequel will open on December 19th of 2025.
Yet the awkward staggering of these films does not seem so out of place when the audience discovers Cameron began working on the original Avatar back in 1994. Cameron is also known for directing Titanic which was released in 1997. He was supposed to begin work on Avatar shortly after this release but stated that he did not believe there was sufficient development in movie production.
Cameron is credited with the breakthrough of stereoscopic filmmaking within Avatar. The film climbed to be the highest-grossing film of all time, beating out (you guessed it) his own Titanic which held the record for the previous twelve years.
Production on Avatar 2 is expected to begin in August of 2017, but critics are weary as the films released dates have been pushed back from previous dates going back to 2010. Cameron says the process is taking longer than expected because he is hoping to film at a higher rate of frames per second, which the industry does not support yet. We will see if he can pull out four more Oscar winners within the next few years.