Avatar To Get Three Sequels - James Cameron
Director says he's got too many ideas to fit into just a trilogy...
The 2009 sci-fi movie was previously understood to be part of a projected trilogy - but the filmmaker has now confirmed that production will start on a trio of new movies next year.
The first sequel is set to be released in December 2016 - with the next two films coming at yearly intervals after that.
Cameron explained that he has recruited Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno as scriptwriters.
He said in a statement: "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, and 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."
Cameron recently stressed that he was keen to avoid hitting the same problems as the sequels to The Matrix.
"I'm writing it as separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film. I don't want to suffer from the Matrix 2 problem, where it just ends, like, what the hell? It's gotta end," he told the LA Times.
"There's gotta be a sense of conclusion, but also a sense that the journey will continue, and that's a fine line."