Avatar to be given three sequels
Set to become a huge franchise
Film director James Cameron has revealed this week that he will make three sequels to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Avatar in New Zealand. Cameron made the announcement in Wellington with producer Jon Landau and New Zealand's prime minister, John Key. The films will be made by Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox.
Avatar, which was shot and made in New Zealand, won three Academy Awards and is the highest-grossing film in history, making nearly $2.8bn worldwide.
The director has said that he plans to complete the three movies at one time, perhaps over a period of about nine months and beginning in 2015. He said the aim was to release the first sequel for winter 2016 and the following two movies in late 2017 and late 2018. Work has begun on the writing and design of the movies, and in October during an interview, the story's star Sam Worthington said he believed production on the sequel would begin by next October.
"It's quite a thrill to be officially saying that we're bringing the Avatar films to New Zealand," Cameron told the press conference this week, "we had such a wonderful experience here making the first film."