Asked about the films at the New York premiere of the Avatar-themed production of Toruk, Cameron revealed that much of the ground covered in the sequels has already been planned, demonstrating how committed Cameron and his production partners are to the series. Commenting on the subject matter of Avatar 2 and its fellow sequels, the director mentioned that they would focus on the family of Jake Sully and Neytiri. Viewers will remember the two as the protagonists of the original film, with the couple now having to worry about protecting their children as they struggle against human encroachment:
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the first Avatar sequel is expected to hit theaters in December 2018 and would be followed by three more films in December 2020, December 2022, and December 2023.
As far as making the December 2018 date, Cameron said: “We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to. The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern. I want them to be released as close together as possible. If it’s an annual appointment to show up at Christmas, I want to make sure that we’re able to fulfill on that promise.”
The original 2009 Avatar remains the top-grossing movie of all-time with $2.782 billion at the worldwide box office. It was recently dethroned by Star Wars: The Force Awakens for reigning domestic box office champion with a total of $936.6 million to Avatar‘s $760.5 million.
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