In an announcement made on Thursday, James Cameron will be continuing the Avatar franchise – with four more sequels being developed in the series.
Avatar 2, the first sequel to Cameron’s record-breaking film from 2009, will arrive Christmas 2018. The third installment will arrive on Christmas 2020, with the fourth being released on Christmas 2022 and the fifth a year later, around Christmas 2023.
Sam Worthington, who starred in the original, has previously said he’s interested in returning for the sequel, as has Zoe Saldana.
When Avatar was released in 2009, it became the top-grossing film ever, pulling in more than $2.7 billion worldwide.
Cameron has previously said he was waiting for technology to catch up to his concepts for what the sequels should be before starting production, but it looks like things are definitely underway now.
The Filmmaker made the announcement during CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday, when Fox introduced him as a surprise guest.
“We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” said Cameron. “It’s going to be a true epic saga.”