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James Cameron: ‘Avatar’ Franchise Will Now Have Three Sequels

2018 is a long time from now, but chances are you’ll be lining up at your local movie theater to watch the third Avatar sequel.

That’s right. 20th Century Fox and James Cameron announced on Thursday that there will now be three, not two, sequels to the 2009 blockbuster. [via ComingSoon.net]

The first sequel is due in theaters December 2016, with the second and third to arrive in December 2017 and December 2018, respectively.

Cameron has employed the genius of several big time writers for the screenplays, including Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park IV) and Shane Salerno (Savages).

“Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience,” Cameron said in a statement.

“In writing the new films, I’ve come to realize 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.”

Avatar currently stands as the highest-grossing film of all time, thanks to some $2.78 billion in worldwide ticket sales. The previous record was held by Cameron’s other blockbuster, Titanic, which grossed $2.19 billion in 1997. The Avengers‘ 2012 run landed the Marvel film in third place with $1.51 billion.

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver are all expected to reprise their roles in the Avatar sequels.

Craving more Avatar news? We did some sequel talk with the film’s special effects guru Joe Letteri in December 2012:






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10 Awesome Movies That Suffered From Incredibly Bland Heroes

Inception Leonard Di Caprio

When we fall in love with a movie, it’s usually because we fall in love with the characters contained within its frames – is it, after all, possible to have a truly great motion picture without truly great characters? Isn’t it ultimately the characters that make a movie worth revisiting, after the gimmicks, special effects, or narrative complexities wear off? Cinema has, of course, gifted us with some of the greatest fictional characters of all-time: Travis Bickle, Don Corleone, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Ellen Ripley, Will Kane, Harry Callahan, to name but just a few legends.

Still, despite the fact that the movie surrounding a central character might be great, it doesn’t always mean that our hero is, too. Often, we can find ourselves duped by this notion… because the movie itself is memorable, we tend to overlook that – in a lot of cases – our protagonist is merely a connecting glue, devoid of any true personality, a simple tool for leading us from point A to point B. That was the case in the 10 movies I’ve gathered here, for instance: all good-to-great movies that would have been greatly improved through the addition of a more memorable hero…

Please note: This list is ranked in order of how good the movies themselves were, from good to greatest.

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