James Cameron’s Avatar went on to smash box office records back in 2009 to become the highest grossing film of all time, raking in close to $3 billion in the worldwide box office.
At least one sequel has been planned essentially since the first one was released but it has since been revealed that there will be not one, not two but three sequels to Avatar. But how much will these Avatar Sequels cost?
Studios rarely release actual costs for a film, but it has been confirmed that all three films will shoot back to back in New Zealand and that 20th Century Fox has agreed to spend at least $412 million shooting them. This is the agreed upon minimum, which is important to note because the films could easily cost more. That number also does not factor in post production costs or promotion. New Zealand offers a 25% film industry tax rebate, which is why The Hobbit trilogy shot there as well.
The first previous films stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Salanda will both recently confirmed to be reprising their roles in the Avatar Sequels as well.
“Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoe captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora,” said Cameron.
Salanda will also be staring one of Marvel’s next films, Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be coming out this August. Worthington will be starring in Saboetage and The Keeping Room later this year.
The films, as of now, are expected to be released in December 2016, 2017 and 2018 consecutively. It is nearly impossible to estimate what the total cost of these films will be, but even if the Avatar Sequels make less then their predecessor, they will surely still turn a huge profit.
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