Director James Cameron‘s Avatar is the highest-earning movie ever made. At about $2.7 billion earned worldwide, it is unarguably one of the most popular movies ever made. But Cameron’s first of five movies came out in 2009. Fast forward eight years, and Cameron is now prepared to finish his four other films.
According to a report by Independent.co.uk’s Jacob Stolworthy, Avatar 2 will begin filming in August 2017. For Cameron, it’s been a matter of him taking a holistic approach to the Avatar movies.
“The thing is, my focus isn’t on Avatar 2,” Cameron said, per Stolworthy’s report. “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.”
While official dates of when each sequel would be released have not been confirmed, Stolworthy reports that 20th Century Fox, the Avatar movies’ distributor, has penciled in an untitled Cameron project for Dec. 20, 2018.
“Our volume is up and running, and everything is designed, and so we’re going full-guns right now,” Cameron said. “I feel like I’ve been let out of jail because I’ve been in the writing cave for the last two years. I’m actually enjoying life. I don’t enjoy writing. I wouldn’t wish writing on a dog.”
With Avatar 2 potentially releasing in late 2018, 3, 4 and 5 will be released in spurts until 2023.