Just what the world needed: four Avatar sequels.
Director James Cameron revealed today (April 14) at CinemaCon that he’s planning on making four standalone sequels to his 3-D, futuristic, money-making 2009 film that failed to win Best Picture at the Oscars (he lost to his ex-wife Katherine Bigelow‘s The Hurt Locker). But hey, being the highest grossing film in history and the first film in history to surpass the $2 billion mark at the box office means something, okay? It earned $2.8 billion, to be precise.
Avatar was already reported to be getting three sequels, but today Cameron explained that three was just too limiting for him.
“We’ve begun to bump up against the limitations of our art form,” said Cameron. “There’s just too much story.”
Cameron explained that although each one will be able to stand alone, together they will form a saga, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The first of the four expected sequels is expected to hit theaters around Christmas 2018, with the subsequent follow-ups loosely expected for 2020, 2022, and 2023.
“It’s going to be a true epic saga that’s told in this rich and complex world,” Cameron told the CinemaCon crowd.
According to The Verge, Cameron also discussed other ways in which he plans to expand upon his Avatar love-affair, such as a theme park with Disney that’s in the works, and a graphic novel spin-off (for which his company has signed a deal with Dark Horse Comics).