James Cameron will begin writing the scripts for 2 sequels to his blockbuster movie "Avatar" early next year, aiming to land the first one in theaters by the end of 2014.
Executives at 20th Century Fox publicized Wednesday that Mr. Cameron has settled on two sequels as his next film projects with plans to begin production in late 2011.
Mr. Cameron had been up in the air on what he would do next, telling reporters as recently as last week that he had not decided whether to shoot another film before returning to the "Avatar" story.
"Avatar," a science-fiction adventure movie that was ground-breaking in its use of 3-D technology, pulled in $2.8 billion at the box office world-wide, making it the biggest theater draw ever. Higher prices for 3-D tickets helped propel the revenue. The movie took years to make and is estimated to have cost over $300 million.
The studio expects to have the first of the as-yet-untitled sequels in theaters in December 2014, with the third movie in the franchise following in December 2015.