After yesterday’s news the James Cameron’s Avatar 2 had hired The Sarah Connors Chronicles writer Josh Friedman to work on the sequel’s script, the director has now confirmed Avatar 4.
20th Century Fox confirmed in press release that the production of the sequels will go ahead. While a third installment in the franchise was expected, the news that Cameron has added another chapter to the Avatar series will come as a surprise given that 2 and 3 have yet to begin filming.
The academy award-winning director has also hired several more screenwriters to work on the project. Savages writer Shane Salerno will be joined by the team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, known for their work on Rise of the Planets of the Apes.
Speaking about the announcement James Cameron said.
“Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I’ve come to realise that Avatar’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated. It became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on-screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh – all writers I’ve long admired - to join me in completing the films’ screenplays.”
The Avatar sequels will be released one year apart starting in December 2016 with Avatar 2 and ending in 2018 with 4. It is unclear how this announcement will affect Cameron’s plans to start pre-production on Battle Angel in 2017.