James Cameron promises a new Avatar movie every year, starting in 2016S

There are going to be a whole mess of Avatar movies coming out — a whole new trilogy in fact.

20th Century Fox and director James Cameron have set a date for the start of the annual Avatar-slaught. The first sequel will debut in December or 2016. And then in 2017 and 2018 the second and third movies will be released in theaters. Whether or not this movie will retain the fan base it created in 2009, we have no Earthly idea.

Screenwriters Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), plus Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (both from Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will work with Camreon to conceive Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4. Here's the official press release from Fox:

The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Like the original film, Lightstorm will work with Joe Letteri and his team at WETA Digital to realize the worlds of the sequels.

Commented Cameron: “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 realize 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. And to help me continue to expand this universe, 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.”

Commented 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos: “We at the studio have no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world of AVATAR. The growing breadth and scale of Jim Cameron’s plans for his magnificent fantasy worlds continue to amaze us all.”

So the question remains, do you want new Avatar movies so many years after their creation?