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Film information
Directed by

James Cameron

Produced by


Written by

James Cameron
Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver


Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña
Sigourney Weaver
Stephen Lang

Music by

Simon Franglen


Russell Carpenter[1]

Editing by



20th Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributed by

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Release Date(s)

December 20, 2024[2]

Running Time






Preceded by

Avatar 2

Followed by

Avatar 4

Avatar 3 is one of four planned sequels to the 2009 film Avatar. The movie is set to be released in December 2024, nine years after its original release date of Christmas 2015.[3] It will be shot back to back with Avatar 2.[4]


James Cameron has already hinted that no sequel will actually have "Avatar" in the title, as Jake Sully is no longer an avatar at the end of the first film; "Avatar 3" is most likely just a temporary title.[5] Additionally, a November 2018 BBC article claimed that the title would be Avatar: The Seed Bearer.[6][7] Cameron later clarified in a February 2018 ET interview that the title was one of many under consideration and the sequel titles hadn't been finalized at that time.[8]


On April 20, 2010, Cameron confirmed that Avatar 2 will take place in Pandora's oceans and that Avatar 3 will explore more of the Alpha Centauri System.[9] As the scripts for all four sequels were finished in 2015, that plot element likely changed; in a February 2018 interview with Collider, Jon Landau confirmed that the Avatar sequels would remain on Pandora and focus more on exploring its environments and cultures.[10] It is intended that the plot be able to stand alone, though it will form part of a meta-narrative that extends from Avatar 2 to 5.[11] Underwater elements will be a major aspect of Avatar 2 and 3, though they will also have some role in Avatar 4 and 5.[12]


After Cameron confirmed the sequel, he confirmed that the sequels would be filmed back-to-back, elaborating: “I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and [edit them in post-production] together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart.” [13] In October 2013, Sam Worthington confirmed that the three sequels would start shooting in fall 2014, [14] however Weaver later stated that her shoots would not take place until fall 2015.[15]

When asked about his involvement with the ongoing franchise in April 2015, James Horner stated that he would stay with it through its entire run "If I last that long".[16] Tragically, James Horner died unexpectedly in a plane crash that June.[17]

The film was delayed by six months in 2016, in part due to a scheduling conflict between Avatar 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi[18] The film was delayed again on May 6, 2019 along with the other Avatar sequels.[19] On July 23, 2020, James Cameron announced that all Avatar sequels are delayed by one year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[20] The new release date for Avatar 3 is December 20, 2024.[2]

In September 2017, James Cameron expressed intent to start production on Avatar 4 and 5 after the release of Avatar 3, as part of the back-to-back production and release schedule of the sequels. Avatar 2 and 3 will be shot back to back and go through post production sequentially, in a "two and two structure" that will also be done for Avatar 4 and 5.[21] On February 6, 2018, David Thewlis confirmed having a Na'vi character role in Avatar 3-5, having already done motion capture work for Avatar 3 in Los Angeles.[22]

During promotion for Avengers: Infinity War, Zoe Saldana said that motion capture on Avatar 2 and 3 was "just about done", with pre-production starting afterwards on the live action portion. The New Zealand location filming will take place for six months. She mentioned overall production as approximately halfway done.[23] On October 29, 2018, Sigourney Weaver reported that her filming for Avatar 2 and 3 was complete.[24] On November 14, 2018, James Cameron confirmed that the main cast of Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Kate Winslet had finished principal photography on Avatar 2 and 3.[25]

In a February 2019 interview for Collider, Jon Landau confirmed that performance capture on Avatar 2 & Avatar 3 was complete, with some partial performance capture done for Avatar 4. He stated that live action filming would start in spring 2019 in New Zealand.[10] This was further emphasized by Landau in another February 2019 interview with the LA Times, with the performance capture done for Avatar 2, 3, and parts of 4 described as "principal capture".[26]


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During the initial announcements for Pandora: The World of Avatar in 2011, James Cameron stated that the theme park would include elements from the second and third movies.[37] The park opened on May 27, 2017; approximately three and a half years before the release date of the third film.


  • Filmed with Sony Venice cameras on stereoscopic 3D rigs[38]


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