Avatar was going to run up to Avatar 5, leaving James Cameron at 2 down, 3 to go and quite a lot of Avatar 3 already shot. Cameron is in post-production on the third film, pick-up shooting is booked for June, and it is on track for the December 2025 release.
Even the fourth film is 25% shot and zeroing in on a 2029 release, with the fifth in 2031.
Now he says it may not end at Avatar 5. He has ideas in place for a sixth and seventh installment.
He was at the 51st Saturn Awards this weekend, giving interviews all over the press pool, and when he spoke with People Magazine he dropped the bomb that Avatar 5 may not be the end after all.
“We’re fully written through movie five, and I’ve got ideas for six and seven, although I’ll probably be handing the baton on at that point. I mean, mortality catches up. But I mean, we’re enjoying what we’re doing. We’re loving it. We get to work with great people.”
Cameron is 69 years old and will have been working almost exclusively on these movies, from a feature film point of view, for a quarter of a century by the time the fifth movie drops.
He told the magazine that he sees no point in stopping Avatar because it’s a property people have connected with, referring to Star Trek as a comparison.
Avatar made $2.9 billion and remains the highest-grossing movie of all time through re-releases. The sequel made $2.3 billion and is the third highest-grossing movie of all time. The pair are split by Avengers: Endgame.
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