The Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have a Total Budget of $1 Billion

Production on the new films has officially begun.

James Cameron 'Avatar' Seqels Budget
Here we go! Courtesy 20th Century Fox

After seven years and several false starts, visionary filmmaker James Cameron—whose Terminator sequel we’re not too keen on—has finally begun production on his follow up to 2009’s record-setting Avatar. According to Deadline, Cameron has begun work in Manhattan Beach on four planned sequels.

This is quite the ambitious undertaking considering the film’s effects-heavy big budgets and 3-D technology. People around Hollywood gasped when Peter Jackson shot his Lord of the Rings trilogy in succession; Cameron is raising Jackson an extra film and even more complex CGI work. He’s also topping Jackson in budget.

The Fellowship of the Ring ($93 million), The Two Towers ($94 million) and The Return of the King ($94 million) carried a combined production budget of $281 million, per Box Office Mojo. Deadline reports that the four Avatar sequels will cost upwards of $1 billion. Cameron is no stranger to billion dollar enterprises as his Avatar ($2.78 billion) and Titanic ($2.1 billion) are the top two highest-grossing films of all time.

The first Avatar sequel is slated to hit theaters on December 18, 2020. Avatar 2 will arrive in 2021, Avatar 3 in 2024 and the last two in December 2024 and 2025. Are you ready to get your Pandora on?

The Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have a Total Budget of $1 Billion