'Avatar' Is Getting 3 Sequels All Shooting Simultaneously According to Sigourney Weaver

The actress reveals the major news that James Cameron will not be shooting two, but three sequels to his blockbuster hit.
James Cameron will be shooting 3 Avatar sequels at the same time
James Cameron will be shooting 3 Avatar sequels at the same time
We have known for some time that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are in the works, and, back in May, director James Cameron teased the possibility of a 4th Avatar film as well. Actress Sigourney Weaver dropped some major news today, revealing that all three sequels are a reality and will be shot simultaneously this fall, after she wraps on the USA Network mini-series Political Animals. Here's an excerpt from a recent article.

"When Political Animals finishes shooting, see if you can follow Weaver's schedule: she goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 with James Cameron. That's right: they're making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it's going to work. 'I just show up,' she said."

Our report from May also revealed that the director was only making Avatar movies and documentaries from now on. Producer Jon Landau also stated in April that they might not hit the December 2014 release date for Avatar 2. However, if production does in fact start up this fall, that release date may be attainable after all.

Avatar 2 comes to theaters November 2016 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Avatar 3 comes to theaters November 2017 and stars Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Avatar 4 comes to theaters November 2018 and stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Sources: Showbiz 411

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Comments (85)

  1. Bradley Tyler

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah that would be a good way of ending it, but I always got confused, I just thought it was affecting them to the extent that they had shorter life spans etc. Anyways, I like the idea of seeing the ocean of Pandora etc :) Planets, hmm we will need those darn humans to come back with their big space ships etc.

    2 years agoby @bradley-tylerFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @bradley-tyler Would be good if JP4 went with the old idea of having a virus slowly eliminate the dinos one by one to close the story if a trilogy would be impossible. As for Avatar, we already know the second will be about the oceans of Pandora, so the next two could explore other regions of the planet of the other moons of the neighboring titan planet

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. Zak Lee Ferguson


    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  4. Bradley Tyler

    @bawnian-dexeus To be honest, they are stuggling to come up with one story for JP4 so I don't think they could make a new trilogy..... plus JP is all about going to the ISLAND, it would be stupid to take it away from the island.....unless they found them on another island ;) But Avatar.....how can he come up with a story that will span another 3 films?! I can see it being the JP4 issue, I loved Avatar, but a 4th could really push it......

    2 years agoby @bradley-tylerFlag

  5. William Fields

    The face says it all, why the hell do we need more Smurfs in space...... I thought the first movie was Bad, some people liked it but come on, We can't find anybody else to fight sow we go after the Blue Indians on another planet. Better find a way to clone John Wayne if Earth is going to win

    2 years agoby @William-FieldsFlag

  6. thedude-abides

    @skywise No worries, man. I completely see what you mean. He is a lot like Lucas in many ways. And I agree that Cameron's writing proves to be a bit shallow a lot of the time. Granted, I know we're not talking on the level of a Michael Bay movie or anything, but shallow coming from someone with the kind of mind Cameron has and for the level of quality from the films he puts out. Because, as you said, he clearly has a way of making his films more captivating than some of his writing/dialogue would suggest :)

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  7. skywise

    @thedude-abides i probably should have done some research on that situation but thank you for clearing it up for me. It is still a good story and as i said below Cameron may not be the greatest writer around but he definatly knows how to weave a story. In some ways it reminds me of Lucas. He comes up with these brilliant stories but usually lets others write them (except the SW prequels of course and in that case its pretty obvious that he should have just stuck with his original formula). Cameron is a better writer in my mind but you see what i am getting at?

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    @skywise Agreed, although that whole Pirana 2 thing is misunderstood by a lot of folks. He was a co-director along with another gentleman, a total douche with no talent for the business by Cameron's recollection, who basically had creative control on the film over Cameron.

    Cameron basically got himself fired for being disobedient, and had essentially nothing to do with the making of the film or the film itself despite him receiving partial credit for his time on the set, which is what drove him to writing his own movies. Regardless, I completely agree with all of what you said. I was disappointed in those comments he made as well.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. skywise

    I was pretty disapinted when he essentially made the comment that he was all about doc*mentaries and Avatar. Essentially stating that any story he wanted to tell could be told through Avatar while making semi-political statements through entertainment.

    one thing i have come to realize is that Hollywood elite do not make good politicians.

    I wish they would just focus on what they do...entertain.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. skywise

    @thedude-abides there is no denying the genius behind aliens and the 2 terminators but before that his first film was non other that Pirhana 2: the Spawning which was absolutly horrid (aside from the B-movie shlock that it was). I read that he had been fired from the job and actually stole footage to finish the film.

    But your absolutly right. At some point all the great artists have it, then they lose it, then its gone for ever.

    There are a few notable exceptions and David Cronenberg comes to the top of my mind. Some, like Cronenberg manage to adapt and stay valid but that is a rare thing indeed.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  11. thedude-abides

    I'm just sad about the fact that the career of one of the greatest directors of the past generation is, for all intents and purposes, at it's end.

    The guy was Tarantino before Tarantino in terms of the way he entered the business (driving trucks before writing two spec scripts in the mid 80s and going on to direct them, the first, a proposed sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien, and the second, an original idea about a time traveling hitman sent back through time to alter the course of history titled, The Terminator).

    After taking an 11-year hiatus, Cameron's made one film in the last 15 years. Now that guy who continuously bashes Hollywood for never having any original ideas has vowed never to come up with an original concept on his own again, and is gearing up for 3 sequels to a film that, of itself, is a rip off of traditional Native American films throughout Hollywood.

    He obviously still has a lot to say as an entrepreneur and a filmmaker, politically speaking. But, as with all artists at some point or another, he appears to have lost the creative inspiration that made him so successful early on in his career.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. ROFLitschristian

    @skywise Agreed. Especially at this rate. By the time we get Avatar 2, 30 or so percent of the hype will be gone.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  13. skywise

    @dan1@ROFLitschristian I think its also important to note that Avatar was the movie that herladed the new wave of 3D films as well as being his first film in a looong time. That is the sort of thing that gets peoples attention.

    But simultanius and back to back releases of new Avatars will probably not have the same effect. I am sure they will do well and quite possably fill a few more of the top 10 all time best selling movies but i doubt they will have the same hype factor that Avatar did.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. skywise

    Cameron is not a great writer but he is a good story teller.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  15. ROFLitschristian

    @bawnian-dexeus It's not even that. I know I don't have to watch it. I would give his films a chance if he wasn't such a giant douche. He's such a hypocrite and everything he says is always a smartass remark. And yet, he gets all this attention and fame... >:|

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  16. Dan

    I gotta hand it to Cameron, he knows how to get a reaction from the masses. It's never a wonder why his movies always do phenomenal, BO wise.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ROFLitschristian Calm down son. You don't have to watch it if it displeases you with a passion

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Damn. 3 sequels instead of 2? Don't know what to say.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  19. ROFLitschristian

    Hey, who's f*cking unoriginal now Cameron? Words cannot describe my hatred for that *sshole.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  20. Alastor

    @jimthar and all the Haters:
    Yes, its just what we need and want! I really don't understand why so many of you actually think the majority of us wouldn't want to see Avatar sequels... The first movie made 2.7 billion worldwide, lots and lots of people went to see it 3 times, 4 or even 5 times, why do you think that was possible?

    Because the movie is a piece or art, because the movie was something great, something magical and something epic. I am so happy they are doing multiple sequels and I really hope they will be able to keep the extreamly high standard the first movie had. Oooh I feel the magic again and I think I will watch the first one again this week, for the 8th or 9th time. :)

    2 years agoby @AlastorFlag

  21. Jimthar

    just what the world needs. guess we can throw cameron into that group of directors that once were great but now are pointless and boring.

    2 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  22. Nicholaus XX

    @narrator -- Appalling works, too.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  23. Nicholaus XX

    @narrator -- Appalling works, too.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  24. the Narrator

    @dan1, I thought we'd established you were a whor* a long time ago. ;)

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  25. the Narrator

    Agreed, @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx. Though it's not so much hilarious, it is appalling. Exaggeration, seeing as I enjoyed Avatar for what it was, but whatever. In truth, Tolkiens world shouldn't be compared to Cameron's unless we're discussing WETA's fantastic abilities of bringing fictional worlds to life. :P

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  26. K.Guy

    @narrator XD

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  27. Nicholaus XX

    @rudy -- Hopefully not. I love how a movie that was a little above-average is getting the same treatment as The Lord Of The Rings -- it's hilarious!

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  28. Rudy

    Oh god. And then we'll get three prequels and a tv show.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  29. Dan

    Whor* *

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  30. Dan

    @ejk1 Oh yeah... I Stand corrected, then. @narrator I guess I have been a where with the usernames :P

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  31. ejk1

    @dan1 Uh uh, my friend. I remember the Realavatar, and then the realavatah. Funny names, haha.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  32. ejk1

    @superman81 Not a contradiction; answer this question: if Avatar wasn't liked by the majority of people, why did it receive so much repeat business? Do you really think people, in this economy, would go to the same film, whatever it is, multiple times, if it was a bad film? Everyone may not like it, but the film has far more fans than detractors. You're just going to have to swallow those sour grapes, dude.

    As far as Man Of Steel, you still keep missing the point, which kind of goes hand in hand with the above. If MOS is a bad film, then word of mouth will hurt it, and it won't get the repeat business. And then it will probably get the same amount of business as Superman Returns. So, now answer this question: If MOS is a bad film, and it does the same type of business as SR, then how can it justifiably receive a sequel? See, you're working under the assumption that no matter how good or bad MOS is, it is assuredly making, what, $300 million or more? Uh uh bro, it doesn't work like that, not in this economy. Bad blockbusters won't make that kind of dough anymore. People simply won't go to a film more than once if it is bad, and MOS, in order for WB/DC to prove that it can do something other than good Batman films, needs to give people a worthwhile reason to spend their money on more than one occasion. The best way for that to occur is to make a good film, not some film with splashy effects and no plot.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  33. caifa

    damn, just make the damn movie alrady..quit beaing such a p*ssy james...i can't wait that long..jeezzz

    2 years agoby @caifaFlag

  34. skywise

    @dan1 I just hope this doesnt turn out to be the fiasco that was the Matrix trilogy. I did not hate the Matrix as so many did but it took (dare i say stole) many clasic ideas from books such as Dune Messiah.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  35. skywise

    @thedude-abides i think i read that story as well. He mentioned that his Avatar films were an outlet for him to tell a story that is entertaining and maintain his underlying message of "saving the world" or some such.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  36. Dan

    @narrator That's all of em. I said a while back that I was sticking with just Dan, though. That won't change.

    @skywise They prob will. 4 movies? It won't be all Pandora.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  37. skywise

    @dan1 I hope that the sequels expand on the universe and story takes place on multiple worlds instead of just pandora

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  38. the Narrator

    Damn it, @kguy! Now I'm trying to think of all of @dan1's past names...

    avatarsequel, supes, theREALsupes, REAL, dan... was there more?

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  39. CUPID

    It's all about the Benjamin$

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  40. Sean

    I hope these 3 Avatar sequels will turn out to be good.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  41. Tmontana

    Im pretty sure James Cameron knows what hes doing

    2 years agoby @tmontanaFlag

  42. Brian

    @dan1 Agreed.

    2 years agoby @brianFlag

  43. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    But like I said, the long run will produce multiple numbers back

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  44. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Man, just think about how much this movie is already going to be spending. Cameron plans to use a new frame system for three sequels where the first nearly went to 230 million on the production alone. Already The Hobbit, for whatever reason, as a two picture production is tracking 500 million since it was reported 2 years ago

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  45. K.Guy

    @dan1 That's the Avatarsequel I know! :D

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  46. Dan

    Even with the 2.7 billion Avatar made, this feels a bit cart before horse.... He better come up with a damn fascinating plot, then.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  47. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @superman81 Those people are only a fraction of the movie's gross. And it's repeat business that green light any movie and something every movie studio depends on.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  48. Superman81

    @ejk1 I know it made tons of cash, but it came out with no competition for weeks, it was visually a good movie but story sucked and word of mouth was good based on its visuals so everyone saw it. It's not a good movie at all, and just because it made money doesn't make it a good movie. You seem to contradict yourself a lot. I said man of steel needs to make lots of money to get a sequel but you said nope it needs to be a good well written movie. Avatar was not good or well written. The acting was horrible and Sam Worthington is a horrible actor. Also let's not forget its repeat business was people committing suicide or trying to because Pandora wasn't real.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  49. Filter

    Do it :)

    2 years agoby @filterFlag