Update: James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have now officially announced Friedman as screenwriter for the Avatar sequels, along with Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Savages, Salinger). They have also confirmed what Sigourney Weaver announced to the world over a year ago, that there are not one, not two, but three more Avatar films on the horizon. According to Variety all three films will be shot simultaneously (à la The Lord of the Rings) with a release date in December each year from 2016 to 2018.
Original Text:It’s actually happening. James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar 2 has moved a step closer to production with news that the film has finally found its screenwriter.
The Wrap reports that the mega-director has locked in Josh Friedman, creator of Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to pen the script.
Friedman, who has also written the screenplays for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds remake as well as Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia, has strong ties to both 20th Century Fox—the film’s distributor—and Cameron, after expanding the director’s original 1984 Terminator for Fox’s Sarah Connor series.
The upcoming sequel to 2009’s $2.8 billion-grossing Avatar will see Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana reprise their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri, respectively. Producers are aiming for a 2015 release date, but seeing as the original took at least three years to make (it was actually 15 between Cameron’s first treatment and the film’s release), the fact that the sequel has just begun to move forward with its script means we aren’t putting any money on that current schedule.