Following the massive success of the first “Avatar” film, the creator, James Cameron, quickly started working on plans to build the franchise for the future, with multiple sequels planned.  After many years of delays, the first sequel, “Avatar: The Way Of Water”, was released in 2022 and also became one of the biggest box office hits of all time.

While filming the second movie, they also shot most of the third film and even some of the fourth film.  Filming has recently restarted on the third film, which is set to be released in cinemas in late 2025, with the fourth film following in 2029 and the fifth film in 2031. 

But James Cameron isn’t planning on finishing with just five films. He’s also been planning out the sixth and seventh movies in the franchise.  During an interview with People at the 51st annual Saturn Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, James Cameron revealed:

“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.”

It’s not a huge surprise to see James Cameron planning so far into the future, as he revealed that when franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek are behind this drive to build a bigger universe.

“Star Trek, Star Wars, the world building franchises that have been around since I was a kid, those were my inspirations.  And as I was saying out there, we’re still a young universe. We’re only two movies in, we’re halfway through our third right now, To have that kind of cultural impact over time, you got to pour all your heart and energy into it.”

With the continued success of franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek, James explained why he wants to keep working on his “Avatar” franchise:

“People are always asking us, ‘So why did you just keep working in the same…’ Why did Lucas keep working in the same thing? Why did Roddenberry keep working in the same thing? Because when you connect with people, why would you squander that? Why would you start over with something else that might not connect?”

And the producer of the “Avatar” films, Jon Landau, also added:

“And there are more stories to tell. I mean, it’s not like we’re trying to come up with stories. He’s got the stories and we took the time to lay it out across all four sequels.”

Due to the amount of time, it takes for the “Avatar” films to be created, due to the huge scope and amount of CGI used, James Cameron has previously hinted that he may not direct the fifth movie, and it’s likely the sixth and seventh movies aren’t either, since James will be seventy years old later this year, so it makes sense that he’s planning far enough in advance that someone else could take over the reins, if needed.

While we wait for more “Avatar” sequels, you can enjoy both “Avatar” and “Avatar: The Way Of Water” on Disney+ now.

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Roger Palmer

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