James Cameron is upping the Avatar sequel count again, today confirming there will be a fifth Avatar film, meaning four sequels to follow the 2009 original.
Taking the stage at CinemaCon, Cameron said they have “decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” and that the initially planned three sequels were too limiting. With so much story to tell, he said, “we began to bump up against the limitations for our art form.”
So when does the Avatar onslaught begin? Cameron says he aims to release the first sequel Christmas 2016, and then release a film each year beginning in 2020.
“So far, the art I’m seeing, is in pure imagination, really far beyond the first film. It’s going to be a true epic saga,” Cameron shared.
He then moved the talk into one about theater culture, continuing his support for in-theater first-runs despite recent pushes to let consumers rent and view initial run movies at home.
“I think it’s absolutely essential for movies to be offered exclusively in theaters on their initial release,” he said, confident that theater experiences can be preserved by providing good showmanship.
Via Yahoo Movies