James Cameron will make four more Avatar movies

This week, film director James Cameron announced that he will be making four sequels to his 2009 box-office smash Avatar.

Following in the hallowed footsteps of other filmmakers who sought to unnecessarily increase the number of installments that a story really needs, Cameron decided to go big. "He first envisioned two sequels,” Variety reported. "But after meeting with a team of four screenwriters and a group of 'some of the top artists and designers in the world,' he realized that he had way too much material for just two films.” Clearly, no one has told the great filmmakers of our day about killing your darlings.

The original Avatar still holds the record for all-time worldwide box office sales. It follows a human’s attempt to infiltrate an alien civilization known as the Na’vi by adopting a Na’vi body. The Na'vi populate the planet of Pandora, which contains a precious metal that Earth-dwellers want to mine. Instead of learning how to manipulate the Na’vi into giving the humans a pass to mine the planet, the main character develops sympathies for the Na’vi, and therein lies the friction.

Although the storyline was on the trite side, Avatar at least had world-class graphics and effects, as befitting a James Cameron film. The film is also credited with ushering in an era in which big-budget films need a 3D version in addition to the 2D version.

The sequels will have a tight schedule, too—after 2018’s film, the following films will be released in December 2020, 2022, and 2023, according to Variety.

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