Los Angeles - Avatar is set to get four sequels by 2023.
Filmmaker James Cameron had initially planned to create three more flicks following the success of the first in 2009, but has now decided to add another to the mix because he felt the storyline was too strong to cram into a quartet.
Speaking at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the 61-year-old director said: "We're making four epic (Avatar) films that stand alone but together form a saga. These movies were designed to be seen in theatres first. We began to bump up against the limitations for our art form."
The producer's planning to release the second installment of the epic science fiction film by Christmas 2018 and then a new blockbuster in 2020, 2022 and then finally 2023.
He explained: "I've been working with the top four screenwriters and designers in the world to design the world of Avatar going forward. The environments, new cultures - whatever it takes to bring it to life. From what I'm seeing of the art on the wall ... in pure imagination is just beyond the first film. I'm speechless. Our jobs as filmmakers is to keep making films onscreen. We'll continue to make this industry the greatest show on Earth. My producer Jon Landau and I are committed to the theatre experience."
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