Avatar 2, the sequel to the highest grossing international movie of all-time (non-inflation edition), was supposed to be released in December 2014. Oops. Then Eiffel 65 fan/director James Cameron decided he wanted to make not two, not three, but four more Avatar films, the last of which would “[go] back to the early expeditions of Pandora.” Sounds like a plan, until Avatar 2, which was re-scheduled for December 17, 2017, got pushed back again to give Cameron more time (and not interfere with Star Wars: Episode VIII).
The new release date is December 2018, with much more Pandora to come.
The other three films will be released in 2020, 2022, and 2023. The director told exhibitors that the pictures will be filmed concurrently and that each picture will be a standalone story that combines to form a “complete saga.” (Via)
Cameron describes the four sequels as a “truly massive cinematic process,” and that he’s been “working the last couple of years with a team of four top screenwriters to design the world of Avatar going forward: The characters, the creatures, the environment, the new cultures.” And “the paycheck,” Sam Worthington would like to add. “So together,” Cameron continued, “we’re going to continue to make this industry the greatest show on Earth.”