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Avatar sequels: Excitement over 'Avatar' New Zealand location, 3 new movies

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Avatar” sequels are on the mind of fellow movie fans this week, and the “Avatar” New Zealand shooting locations has viewers of the successful movie looking forward to seeing these three films in the not-too-distant future. Director James Cameron confirmed this morning that he will be working on three separate sequel films to the sci-fi blockbuster (first debuted back in 2009), and is directing all of his energy on them in the coming years. News9.com provides these film details on the “Avatar” world this Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

While “Avatar” sequels have long been anticipated ever since the release of the first film four years ago, it was only today that James Cameron finally put fans’ hearts to rest by announcing that these additional movies would be filmed in beautiful New Zealand. The special announcement was made in the New Zealand capitol of Wellington, alongside Prime Minister John Key and producer John Landau. Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertianment will be behind the helm of the silver screen adaptation.

As cited in the press release earlier this afternoon:

“’Avatar,’ which was shot and made in New Zealand, won three Academy Awards and is the highest-grossing film in history, with an international box office take of nearly $2.8 billion. Cameron said he plans to complete principal shooting on the three movies at one time, perhaps over a period of about nine months and beginning in 2015. He said the aim is to release the first sequel in time for Christmas 2016 and the following sequels in late 2017 and late 2018.”

"It's quite a thrill to be officially saying that we're bringing the Avatar films to New Zealand," said James Cameron in a press conference. "We had such a wonderful experience here making the first film."

For those who can’t wait to hear the most recent updates on the “Avatars” sequels and the hotly anticipated “Avatar” New Zealand filming sites, fans won’t have to wait too long. Cameron added that he’s already started working on the writing and development for the first sequel.

So far, the government of New Zealand will pay 25% rebate for the trio of “Avatar” sequel films (this essentially translates that ¼ of the film will be paid by New Zealand). According to the agreement, the production companies will in turn need to pay $413 million on the upcoming big screen adaptations.

“As is typical with blockbusters, Cameron declined to disclose a budget. But he did say he expects that economies of scale will help the three movies together cost less than $1 billion. He said that he intends to make the movies in 3D and to shoot at least some sequences at 48 frames per second.”

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