The "Avatar" news keeps pouring in. Yesterday we reported that James Cameron hired Josh Friedman to help work on the script for "Avatar 2". Cameron has been working on the script for several years, so it is believed to just be a rewrite. Today, we learned that Cameron and Fox want to expand the franchise even further than the original trilogy plans.
Cameron was going to shoot "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" back-to-back, which is beneficial both financially and time-wise for all parties involve. Now he is going to be adding "Avatar 4" to the production schedule. He has also hired additional screenwriters to help with his endeavor, in addition to Friedman. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") as well as Shane Salerno ("Savages") will be part of the collaboration.
On expanding the universe, Cameron said the following:
"Building upon the world we created with 'Avatar' has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I've come to realize that Avatar's world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I'm pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh -- all writers I've long admired - to join me in completing the films screenplays."
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"Avatar 2" will hit AMC Theatres on December 2016.
"Avatar 3" will follow in December 2017.
"Avatar 4" in December 2018.
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