Cameron plans two Avatar sequels
James Cameron is planning two sequels to his sci-fi sensation Avatar.
Executives at 20th Century Fox announced on Wednesday that Cameron plans to start work on the scripts early next year, aiming to being production in late 2011.
The studio hopes to have the first of the as-yet-untitled sequels in theatres in December 2014, with the third movie in the franchise following in December 2015.
Cameron will decide whether to shoot the sequels simultaneously after he completes the scripts.
"In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfil a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world," Cameron said.
"I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."
Cameron had been up in the air on what he would do next, telling reporters as recently as last week that he had not decided whether to shoot another film before returning to his Avatar saga.
Avatar follows the adventures of a man in alien form (Sam Worthington) who falls for a 10-foot, blue-skinned native (Zoe Saldana) of the distant moon Pandora, where greedy humans wage war over the land's natural resources.