James Cameron has now confirmed production on the four Avatar sequels is now fully underway.
Production on the first Avatar sequel was not expected to begin this fall, however, while speaking with Entertainment Weekly to promote the upcoming release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D on August 25, Cameron was asked about the production status of the projects when he explained:
“Oh, we’re in production. We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”
Plot details remain under wraps, however, the Avatar sequels will further bring the world of Pandora to life and expand Cameron’s vision they explore new locations on the planet not seen in the first film. The sequels are said to be four standalone experiences that will form together one epic saga that Cameron has spent the last several years writing.
Returning for the Avatar sequels are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Matt Gerland, and C. C. H. Pounder along and newcomers Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin.
Avatar 2 is currently slated to hit theaters on December 18, 2020, with the additional three follow-ups releasing on December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025.