Avatar 2 and 3 officially on the way!

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James Cameron announced today, via the Hollywood Reporter, that he’s reached a deal with Fox to write and direct two sequels to Avatar. Avatar 2 is due December 2014 and part 3 will be out a year later in December 2015.

“It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. AVATAR was conceived as an epic work of fantasy – a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience’s expectations for the richness of AVATAR’s visual world and the power of the storytelling. In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of AVATAR’s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild.”

It’s unknown which science fiction book Cameron will find “inspiration” from for the two sequels, but there are a lot of options out there. Cameron has said in the past that the first sequel would take place in Pandora’s oceans. Maybe the third movie will take place in the desert with Jake meeting a mysterious desert-dwelling race that’s linked to a valuable spice and ends up becoming their long promised messiah and rides an army of sandworms in an epic battle against the invading humans.