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Breaking: James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have upped the number of Avatar sequels they’ll make from two to three, and they’ve set three high level screenwriters to get the movies in shape to be shot simultaneously. That is the most ambitious production plan since New Line and Peter Jackson made three Lord Of The Rings films back to back. But here, the studio has the confidence as Cameron’s last two films are the biggest grossing pictures in movie history, led by Avatar. Cameron has set War of the Worlds scribe Josh Friedman, Rise Of Planet Of The ApesRick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno, who wrote and directed the upcoming documentary Salinger and who previously worked with Cameron on Fantastic Voyage. The writers will collaborate with Cameron on separate film scripts. The three pictures will be filmed simultaneously with production beginning next year. The release »


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