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James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Written, MoCap Filming Begins This Summer

Still waiting for those Avatar sequels? It has now been seven years since the first movie came out, and with every delay fans might be wondering if they’ll ever see one follow-up, let alone four. Well, they’re still happening, and James Cameron has just given his firmest update yet on when production will actually happen. In an interview for the Daily Beast promoting his upcoming National Geographic documentary Atlantis Rising, he announced the status of the scripts through Avatar 5 as well as a shooting start:

“My focus isn’t on Avatar 2. My focus is on Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5 equally. That’s exactly how I’m approaching it. They’ve all been developed equally. I’ve just finished the script to Avatar 5. I’m now starting the process of active prep. I’ll be working with the actors in the capture volume in August, so I’m booked in production every day between now and then. Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we’re going full-guns right now. I feel like I’ve been let out of jail, because I’ve been in the writing cave for the last two years.”

The good thing is he’s working on all those sequels at the same time, so while it’s taken a long time to get to part two, we won’t have long waits for three, four and five. Avatar 2 is now slated for release on December 21, 2018, though we’ve seen many dates come and go for the next installment. The other sequels are set for 2020, 2022 and 2023. In the meantime, Cameron seems to be teasing at least some preliminary test work for the future of the franchise in the Atlantis Rising clip below.

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