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Cameron announces Avatar 4 film

James Cameron has revealed that there will be a fourth Avatar film.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who created the fictional world of Pandora for the movies, announced that he is planning to expand the series over four films, rather than as a trilogy, reported Collider.

"Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I've come to realise that Avatar's world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen," he said.

Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016, followed by Avatar 3 in December 2017, and Avatar 4 in December 2018.

James also revealed that he has brought on three other screenwriters - Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Savages writer Shane Salerno - to collaborate with him on the screenplays for the upcoming films. Josh Friedman, who penned Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds remake, is also on board.

"And to help me continue to expand this universe and to expedite the process, I'm pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh - all writers I've long admired - to join me in completing the films screenplays," the filmmaker continued.

James previously teased that the fourth instalment would be a prequel exploring the colonisation process of Pandora.

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel.

The three upcoming Avatar movies are to be filmed at the same time, with production set to get under way in 2014.

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