James Cameron has been talking about a return to Pandora for months, but now there’s an official target date: The sequel to “Avatar” is due in theaters in December 2014, and a third film in the series will follow 12 months after that.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild,” Cameron said in a statement released by Twentieth Century Fox, which is eager to go back to the jungles of a distant moon where the studio found the biggest box-office grosses in history. In a joint statement, Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairs Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman said: ” ‘Avatar’ is not only the highest grossing movie of all time, it is a created universe based on the singular imagination and daring of James Cameron, who also raised the consciousness of people worldwide to some of the greatest issues facing our planet.”
“Avatar” pulled in more than $2.7 billion at theaters worldwide and has broken records in home video as well. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, and it won Golden Globes those categories as well. Jon Landau, who produced “Titanic” and “Avatar,” will return to produce the new films with Cameron, and the pair said a few weeks ago they were adamant about sticking with their lucky December release dates as opposed to moving to the summer.
— Geoff Boucher
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