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Avatar film series
Film information
Directed by

James Cameron

Produced by

James Cameron

Written by

James Cameron


Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña


Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)


Running Time

162 min / 171 min (special edition) / 178 min (extended cut)




US$237,000,000[1] (as of 2009)

Gross Revenue

World gross $2,777,461,400[2]

Avatar is a planned series of science-fiction films produced by Lightstorm Entertainment and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The first installment, Avatar, was released on December 18, 2009, with announcement of a larger series by 20th Century Fox on December 11, 2009, one week before Avatar was released. Note that the sequels only have working titles as yet; they will most likely be given different names closer to the release.

Like the original film, the four planned sequels have "fully encapsulated" standalone plots that "come to their own conclusions". All four films have an overarching meta-narrative that connects them and have the Sully family at the center. James Cameron described the sequels as "a natural extension of all the themes, and the characters, and the spiritual undercurrents" of the first film.[3][4]



Avatar was written and directed by James Cameron, and was set in the year 2154.

The story focuses on an epic conflict on Pandora, an inhabited Earth-sized moon of Polyphemus, one of three gas giants orbiting Alpha Centauri A. On Pandora, human colonists and the sentient humanoid indigenous inhabitants of Pandora, the Na'vi, engage in a war over the planet's resources and the latter's continued existence.The film's title refers to the remotely controlled, genetically engineered human-Na'vi bodies used by the film's human characters to interact with the natives.

Avatar: The Way of Water[]

The second film will be set several years after the first and will explore the oceans of Pandora. The film was originally planned for a December 2014 release, but has been delayed several times and is currently scheduled for December 2022. Production began in August 2017.[5][6][7][8][9]

Avatar 3[]

A third film will follow the second, planned for December 2024.[8] Interviews in mid 2010 suggested that the third film would explore more of the Alpha Centauri system[10], but the script was not completed until late 2015 so this may have changed. While two additional sequels are planned, their release is dependent on the success of Avatar 2 and 3.[3]

Avatar 4[]

A fourth film is planned for December 2026, with Shane Salerno co-writing it.[11][8]

Avatar 5[]

A fifth film has been announced, and is scheduled for December 2028.[8]

Avatar prequel[]

The prequel was originally described as taking place 35 years before the events of the first film with a focus on the first colonists arriving on the planet. Avatar 4 was first mentioned by Cameron in 2012 as a potential prequel concept back when there were only two planned sequels to the original film.[12] In the years since, Avatar 4 has been referred to exclusively as a sequel, with the major April 2016 press release referring to Avatar 2 through 5 as "four sequels".[13] The current status of the prequel is unknown.


The first film was released theatrically starting on December 18, 2009. As of December 27, 2009, the film has officially budgeted at $237 million; other estimates put the cost at $280 – $310 million to produce and an estimated $150 million for marketing. However, the film is currently the second highest grossing film in history, taking $2,781,132,032 worldwide. The film also spawned numerous related merchandise, including a series of video games, guidebooks and other collectibles. The film was well received critically and received many awards.


External links[]

  • Avatar at the Internet Movie Database