"Avatar 4" confirmed

"Avatar 4" confirmed

James Cameron's "Avatar" will get three, not two, sequels.

3 Aug – Remember when actress Sigourney Weaver said that James Cameron will shoot three "Avatar" sequels at the same time and everyone thought it was just a miscount? Producers over at 20th Century Fox have just confirmed that there will be a fourth instalment for the film, following the success of the original.

"Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience," said Cameron in a statement.

The prolific filmmaker added, "In writing the new films, I've come to realize that Avatar's world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen."

As the 2009 film is getting a massive expansion, Cameron has brought on board four new screenwriters to help him. They are Josh Friedman, who wrote "War Of The Worlds"; Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" and Shane Salerno who scripted "Armageddon".

The cast of "Avatar" at the premiere in Hollywood.
Filming for the three sequels will begin simultaneously in 2014, with targeted release dates in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Back in 2010, Cameron revealed that two sequels that would feature "self-contained stories that also fulfil a greater story arc", but with the addition of one more sequel, it is uncertain if Cameron will revise his plans.

Last year, Sigourney Weaver also said she would appear in the sequel, despite her character dying in the first instalment.