james cameron

We’ve all seen a lot of absolutely gigantic blockbusters over the last five years, from the record-shattering performance of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” to Michael Bay’s summer hit “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” to Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale “The Dark Knight Rises,” but none of them have been able to come anywhere close to the high bar set by James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

Released in December 2009, the film continues to hold the record as the highest-grossing movie of all time, pulling in $2.782 billion worldwide.

We have been patiently waiting for sequels to arrive ever since, and while the filmmaking team behind the franchise has been taking its time, they have some absolutely gigantic plans for the future.

Both “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” will be less expensive shoots, since Cameron and his crew already have the motion-capture and 3D camera equipment they need to fully realize the extra-terrestrial world populated by the Na’vi.

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“Avatar” stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will definitely be back for the sequels, and there have even been rumblings about how both Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver could reprise their roles as Col. Quaritch and Dr. Grace Augustine, respectively. We’re not sure how that would work but, given the nature of the Avatar universe, it’s certainly possible.

We got a taste of Pandora’s marine world when Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully plunged down a waterfall, but the plot took place almost exclusively on the ground and in the air. According to Cameron, “Avatar 2? will plunge into Pandora’s oceans.

The beauty of the floating mountains of Pandora and the glowing night-time jungle ecosystem is a revolutionary idea. Now he prepares to revolutionize the magnificent coral reefs to include their own Pandoran flare.

Cameron announced he will begin writing the sequels early next year. We already know he’s got a hefty head start on the process. He’s written hundreds of pages of notes about where the story will go, and just because the scripts have not been finished does not mean preproduction cannot begin. They’ll begin work on creature and environment development “as soon as Jim locks in on some of those notes,” producer Jon Landau said.