James Cameron makes it official: Avatar 2 and 3 are on!

The sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time are on the runway: Writer-director James Cameron has come to terms with Fox and is ready to head back to Pandora.

In a statement written with all the humility that comes with being the King of the World, Cameron said:

"It is a rare and remarkable opportunity when a filmmaker gets to build a fantasy world, and watch it grow, with the resources and partnership of a global media company. Avatar was conceived as an epic work of fantasy — a world that audiences could visit, across all media platforms, and this moment marks the launch of the next phase of that world. With two new films on the drawing boards, my company and I are embarking on an epic journey with our partners at Twentieth Century Fox. Our goal is to meet and exceed the global audience's expectations for the richness of Avatar's visual world and the power of the storytelling."

Cameron is set to start writing the sequels early next year, with an eye toward releasing them in December 2014 and December 2015. After he's done writing, he'll decide whether to shoot the Avatars back to back. As for the content of the sequels:

"In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."

(via Hollywood Reporter)

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