Director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox must have an obsession for Avatar. Living in virtual worlds must be cool, and that means pushing back other projects Cameron has in the pipeline. Battle Angel may well never get realized or the rights will disappear. Instead, three films in the Avatar universe are now confirmed to be in production even though news of this fact is more than a year old. Sigourney Weaver revealed this information in an interview with ScreenRant.
Part Two is set for a December 2016 release with no word on where in the calendar the rest of the films will be spaced to.
These new films will be shot back to back. Tapped to write this saga will be Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Fantastic Voyage). With three more films planned, the production team may well be covering the four elemental forces of planet Na’vi in various combinations.
The first film dealt with Planet Earth challenging Nature on the ground and in the air. Past reports about where Cameron is going with this series suggest exploring the seas. This element is a natural for Cameron who loves sea exploration, but as for a fire world, Cameron is probably waiting for CGI technology to get caught up to render a much more believable environment than with what Lucas did in imagining Mustafar, a lava world wrought with oodles of volcanic activity. That place felt like it was sputtering.
“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,” said Cameron to TheWrap.
Now the big question many movie-goers will ask, will this team craft a product that has not been seen before.