Four years on since the announcement that multiple “Avatar” sequels were on the way, filmmaker James Cameron has now confirmed that the sci films are in ‘full-tilt production’.
Speaking with EW ahead of the release of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D,” Cameron was asked about the current status of the projects:
“Oh, we’re in production. We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.
Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Zoe Saldana are all returning for the follow-ups which Cameron says he aims to make so technically advanced and undeniably astonishing that most won’t be able to forget it. He tells Digital Spy:
“I’ve hired the best artists and technicians in the world to design these films. There will be such a richness of imagery that I think people just won’t be able to imagine it in advance, but it will just seem right when they finally see it.
It’s a little bit daunting, but it’s very exciting too. I sort of made a decision for myself that everything I need to say artistically as a filmmaker, I’m going to say across those four films, and I wrote them accordingly.”
The first of those four sequels is scheduled for release on December 18th 2020, with the subsequent three arriving December 17th 2021, December 20th 2024, and December 19th 2025.