Thewrap.com reported that “Avatar 2” has found its writer. Josh Friedman, best known for his “War of the Worlds” and “The Black Dahlia” scripts, has been hired to pen the sequel. Friedman is also the creator of the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”. Legendary director James Cameron is still at the helm for the latest installment of the franchise.
James Cameron has since the announcement about Friedman, revealed that the sci-fi series will be a quadrilogy, instead of trilogy. More writers have been hired. In addition to Friedman, “Savages” writer Shane Salerno and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are set to collaborate with Cameron, who is also known for directing Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic”.
Cameron said in a statement regarding the sequels:
“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,”
“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.”
The cast for “Avatar 2” is still a mystery, however original cast member Zoe Saldana has show intentions to reprise her role. Saldana revealed last May, that there would be two follow-ups to the 2009 Oscar-winning movie being shot back to back in 2014.
During a press conference for “Star Trek Into Darkness” Saldana said:
“I think that they’re doing a part two and a part three and they’re probably going to shoot it at the same time,”
“Because if we just do two and then wait, I’ll probably be 45 or 50 by the time we get to part three. It takes a long time, it’s a very hard process.”
Zoe Saldana: Avatar 2 update