James Cameron Officially Returning to Pandora With 'Avatar 2'... and '3'

[caption id="attachment_14327" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Fox"]Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in "Avatar"[/caption]

James Cameron is returning to Pandora, and we don't mean that he's planning on adding even more footage to "Avatar."

Cameron has officially announced that his next two directing projects will be "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3." This news should come as no surprise to anyone, as once you make a movie like "Avatar," there's really nowhere to go but back to "Avatar."

For now, anyway.

Cameron will start production sometime in late 2011, though he's undecided as to whether he'll shoot both film back-to-back. However, according to Hollywood Wiretap, "Avatar 2" has a tentative release date of December 2014, with "Avatar 3" close behind in December 2015.

No plot details have emerged, though Cameron has said the films will be "self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc."

Let's just hope Cameron doesn't fall into the trap that Sam Raimi fell into by doing all three "Spider-Man" movies in a row. Raimi could've used a break somewhere in-between those gargantuan studio-driven beasts to do something smaller and more personal ("Drag Me to Hell" probably should've happened in-between "Spider-Man 2" and "3").

Then again, James Cameron isn't exactly known for doing "small" things.