'Avatar' sequel release dates confirmed

Filmmaker James Cameron and Fox have set the release dates for the four Avatar sequels, with Avatar 2 arriving on December 18, 2020. Avatar 3 will open December 17, 2021, followed by a three- year break for Avatar 4, set for December 20, 2024.

Avatar 5 will then open on December 19, 2025. The news was announced on the movie's official Facebook page. "Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels," Cameron said in the post. Cameron had announced a year ago at CinemaCon that he would make four Avatar sequels, promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018.

The filmmaker said last year that he had first envisioned two sequels but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists and designers, he realised that he had too much material for just two films. He initially decided on three sequels, then jumped to four.

Cameron and Jon Landau are producing through their Lightstorm company. Returning cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang. The script was written by Cameron with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno.
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