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'Avatar' sequels get new release dates, starting in 2020

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Karen Butler
Director James Cameron and his wife, actress Suzy Amis, attend the premiere of the motion picture fantasy The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in Los Angeles on December 9, 2014. Cameron's next Avatar movie is set for release in 2020. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Director James Cameron and his wife, actress Suzy Amis, attend the premiere of the motion picture fantasy "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" in Los Angeles on December 9, 2014. Cameron's next "Avatar" movie is set for release in 2020. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

April 23 (UPI) -- The next installment in James Cameron's Avatar sci-fi series is scheduled to hit theaters in 2020.

"Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels," the franchise's Facebook page said Saturday. "The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!"

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Released in 2009, the first Avatar epic starred Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez. The movie follows 22nd century humans as they colonize the moon Pandora.

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