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Milk the Franchise | October 21, 2017

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RELEASE DATE: December, 2017
DIRECTOR: James Cameron
SCREENPLAY: Josh Friedman
DIRECTOR: James Cameron
SCREENPLAY: Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
DIRECTOR: James Cameron
SCREENPLAY: Shane Salerno
PRODUCERS: James Cameron, Jon Landau
CAST: Sam Worthington,  Zoe Saldana, Steven Lang, Sigourney Weaver
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Lightstorm Entertainment
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox

The prospect of sequels was something James Cameron planned from the start, going so far as to include certain scenes in the film for future story followups. In August 2010, Cameron stated that his plans are to shoot two sequels in the planned trilogy back-to-back. He also mentioned, “what I’m working on primarily is the novel” and “presumably, once the novel is nailed down, work will begin in earnest on getting the sequel going.” On August 1, 2013 it was announced there would be three sequels. On August 22, 2013 it was announced Cameron had hired Steven Gould (Jumper) to write four novels based on the films.

According to Cameron, the universe will widen while exploring other moons of Polyphemus. The first sequel will focus on the ocean of Pandora but will also feature more of the rainforest from the original movie.Later in 2010, Cameron announced his intention to capture footage for this sequel at the bottom of the Mariana Trench using a deepwater submersible. The ocean ecosystem of Pandora and the other worlds to be included in the first two sequels, with the environmental theme of the first film not as “strident”, as the sequels will concentrate on entertainment. No word on the storyline of the fourth film. The sequels will continue to follow the characters of Jake and Neytiri with the humans returning as the antagonists. “I expect that those nasty humans didn’t go away forever,” he said.

All three of the writing teams worked with Cameron for several months on the three scripts, but none had any knowledge which film they would be assigned. Cameron: “We whiteboarded out every scene in every film together, and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.We sat in the writing room for five months, eight hours a day, and we worked out every beat of the story across all three films so it all connects as one, sort of, three-film saga”

Sigourney Weaver revealed in March 2015 that she would be playing a new character, despite Cameron’s earlier declarations that “nobody ever dies in Science Fiction.” 

In May 2015, Cameron collaborator Jame Horner said “Right now, Jim has got four sequels, script-wise, and he’s trying to make it into three. And that’s where his effort is going, right now, to keep it to three sequels. Because he’s got so much going on. How do you keep it from expanding into yet a fourth movie-a fifth movie, I guess, total. He’ll get that sorted out.”