FOX & Cameron Hire Three Writers For Three 'Avatar' Sequels
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.08.01
James Cameron is getting a bigger crew as both he and 20th Century Fox have upped the number of Avatar sequels from two to three and by doing so has set three high-level screenwriters (one is a team) to get the movies in shape to be shot simultaneously. A setup of this size is going to clock in for the most expensive set of pictures ever made, and an production plan not seen since New Line and Peter Jackson made three The Lord Of The Rings films back to back.
Cameron and Jon Landau spent weeks meeting with A-list screenwriters who competed for the job. At the end of the list of writers, Cameron selected Josh Friedman for the first movie, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver for the second movie and Shane Salerno to write the third movie. The writers will collaborate with Cameron separately and co-write three separate movies with him from his Manhattan Beach studio.
Productions will begin next year with all three films being filmed simultaneously. Once everything is said and done, the first sequel will be released in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. Avatar 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Lightstorm will work once again with Joe Letteri and his team at WETA Digital on the three films.