The first "Avatar" movie was released in theaters eight years ago, and since then, sequels for the film have been in the works by director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox. For some odd reason, things didn’t take off as expected, but it now seems as if the development on the sequels is ready to kickstart.

Avatar managed to revolutionize the 3D filmmaking market when it first came on the scene. There was nothing like it, and even to this day, it holds up with several of the best modern movies. The film was such a huge success that it earned over $2.7 billion at the worldwide box office.

Interestingly enough, no other film has surpassed that number."Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was the movie many believed had the power and the fanbase to push "Avatar" from the top spot, but it didn’t happen.

When are the next four 'Avatar' films coming?

These films are far from ready, especially when we consider development has recently begun. Earlier the team released an image and a statement on Facebook with the release dates of the four upcoming potential blockbusters.

"Avatar 2" comes to theaters on December 18, 2020, "Avatar 3" hits the scene on December 17th, 2021, and "Avatar 4" takes the stage on December 20th, 2024. As for the fifth installment, keep an eye out for it come December 2025.

As it stands, it will take eight years for all four "Avatar" movies to come to theaters. That’s a long wait, but if the sequels are as good as we expect them to be, then the long wait shouldn’t matter in the long run.

Here’s the statement in its entirety:

Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels.

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The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025!

We can only hope the films have the same quality of the original.

'Avatar' going up against 'Star Wars'

For some reason, Fox has chosen to secure several dates in December that’s close to "Star Wars." We’re quite surprised Fox, and James Cameron would secure dates so close to "Star Wars," so don’t be surprised if, in the future, Fox change the dates once more to avoid unwanted competition.

After the "Avatar" films have finished, it should be interesting to see what else James Cameron bring to the big screen. Certainly, both Marvel and Warner Bros. would want to have him on their roster of talented directors.

Whether or not Mr. Cameron would want to partner with one or the other is something for another day.