30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala - ArrivalsWe haven't heard much from writer-director James Cameron since he announced that the long-delayed "Avatar" sequels would be four films instead of three. And while there still isn't much intel to go on, actress Sigourney Weaver has promised fans that the flicks will be worth the (seemingly never-ending) wait.

In an interview with Variety, Weaver chatted about several of her upcoming projects, including those four much-discussed -- but still quite mysterious -- sequels, which the actress described as "looming" over her. While the sci-fi veteran didn't elaborate on what that meant in terms of a shooting schedule, she did say that she's seen three of the four the screenplays (in what stage of completion is unclear), and had nothing but praise for the stories that awaited filmgoers.

"In my opinion, the three scripts I've read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope," Weaver told Variety. "[Cameron] did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play."

According to the trade, the four sequels will be "a family saga," though what exactly that means is anyone''s guess. It does give us some hope, though, that Cameron is on track to finally begin production on these new films, after the plan for the sequels was changed from two films, to three, to four, and the release date for the first follow-up shifted from 2014 to 2016 to 2017, to the new tentative schedule: "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," "Avatar 4," and "Avatar 5" are currently slated to hit theaters around Christmastime in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023, respectively.

Stay tuned to see if the plan changes again. Based on everything that's happened so far, we wouldn't be surprised by anything at this point.

[via: Variety]

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