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Four Avatar sequels – or maybe fewer?

James Cameron is speaking more cautiously about the four sequels to Avatar, according to a Reuters report published tonight.

There’s now an “if” about the third and fourth sequels.

According to the report published by RNZ:

Cameron said he was about 100 days into filming the second and third Avatar installments under a deal with 21st Century Fox. If those were successful, he planned to continue with the fourth and fifth movies, which he already had written. “I’m personally committed to all of them.”

The report, which says filming has been taking place in a studio in California, does not mention the expectation that production is expected to move to Wellington. It continues:

Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox has committed to distributing the next movie in the Avatar franchise, but the film studio is in the process of being sold to Disney as part of a $52 billion deal. Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger has not seen the designs for the sequels, Cameron said, because there are restrictions on their collaboration while the deal is under regulatory review.

Avatar, which was largely made in Wellington, is the highest-grossing movie in history with $US2.8 billion in global ticket sales. The second Avatar film is scheduled for release in December 2020.


  1. Ian Apperley, 23. April 2018, 12:14

    Perhaps if we let him buy some more land he might make more sequels…

  2. Paul, 23. April 2018, 15:53

    @ Ian, hope not, the first movie was dire, the plots aren’t going to get any better.

  3. Jonny Utzone, 23. April 2018, 17:27

    For me, Avatar went down like the proverbial Titanic and I watched it free after sitting through an equally dire Air NZ safety video.

  4. Andrew, 23. April 2018, 17:53

    The original film was pretty shallow after the initial rush of the production (ten minutes tops). It is known as ‘Pocahontas in space’. No doubt Mr Cameron thinks otherwise. Still, a bar above the Transformers productions.