It's been eight years since the release of James Cameron's Avatar and it's going to be another three before the first of four sequels will reach theaters.
The good news for fans of the Na'vi is that the first sequel will be released on December 18, 2020, with subsequent entries hitting screens on December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025. What that translates to, though, is that it will actually be 11 years between the first two films, which is, like, a century in Hollywood years.
With the attention span of audiences shrinking, it will be interesting to see how relevant they'll view a multiple return to the world of Pandora after so long a period of time. Cameron himself doesn't seem concerned.
"So far, what I am seeing in pure imagination is far beyond the first film," he said. "We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic project, making four epic films, each of which stands alone but together forms a complete saga."
In the original film, a paraplegic marine is sent to the world of Pandora on a mission that, despite what he was told, is about taking this planet and wiping out its native life forms so that it can be exploited by the powers that are back on Earth.
But once he is altered to become one of the blue-skinned inhabitants through an avatar that he controls (meaning he can walk again while there), and meets Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), his eyes are opened and he finds himself torn between his orders and protecting this world.
The scripts for the sequels are written by Cameron, Josh Friedman, the team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno. Returning from the first film are Saldana (soon to be seen on screen in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 as Neytiri; Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine, and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. The casting of Weaver and Lang is especially intriguing, considering that both of their characters died in the first movie.