Avatar fans around the world have been waiting anxiously for the announcement of a sequel to the mega blockbuster. 20th Century Fox has gone one step beyond by announcing a first sequel to be released in December 2014 and a second sequel 12 months later.
Although director James Cameron is not slated to start writing the scripts before the beginning of 2011, he did confirm the films will be complete stand-alone stories that also “fulfill a greater story arc”.
Fans will also be pleased to hear that Cameron is set on not backing off “the throttle of Avatar’s visual and emotional horse-power”.
Avatar’s $2.77 billion global box office takings beat Cameron’s own record for the highest grossing film ever, surpassing Titanic’s total of $1.84 billion.
Avatar sequels will also be shot in 3D and set on the distant moon of Pandora to “continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world” Oscar-winning director Cameron said in a press release. It is unsure whether the films will be shot separately or back to back.
When asked for any details of what audiences might expect, he just answered “classified”. Also unconfirmed for the moment is whether any of its cast members will be back in their roles for the sequels.