Canadian director James Cameron has claimed that all three of the planned Avatar movie sequels are well into pre-production, with the team currently working on developing art, settings and characters that'll feature across the movies.
The follow ups to the 2009 smash hit, which was the highest grossing movie in history at the time, have long been mooted, with Cameron saying at one stage that he planned to wind down his career working exclusively within the Avatar universe.
Speaking as part of an online Q&A session, Cameron said:
The second, third and fourth films all go into production simultaneously.They’re essentially all in pre-production now, because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films.We should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.
For me, the success was a factor because I was encouraged by the fact that an environmental film, or a film about nature, could be successful.Every director wants their film to communicate. The biggest factor, however, is the drive to continue developing the world– more characters, more creatures with unfettered creativity.
The first of the three sequels is slated for a December 2016 launch, so fans should expect production to start in the near future, likely once the scripts have been finalized.