Avatar Movie Sequel News Update: In anticipation of the three upcoming Avatar movie sequels, Dark Horse and James Cameron are teaming up for a series of Avatar graphic novels.
James Cameron, Dark Horse Comics and Twentieth Century Fox announced that AVATAR, the highest-grossing film in history, will expand into the world of comic books during a special panel at New York Comic Con 2015.
James Cameron said that the new series of comics will help shed more light on the mythology and history of the beloved film franchise.
“For the past twenty-seven years, Dark Horse has been associated with my films The Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss,” Cameron said in a In a special prerecorded message.
“I am excited that between now and the release of the first sequel, Dark Horse Comics will be bringing you new adventures from Pandora-covering the time before, during, and after the events of the original AVATAR film.”
Released in 2009, James Cameron’s AVATAR is the highest-grossing film in motion picture history, with a box office gross of nearly $2.8 billion.
“James Cameron is one of the film industry’s greatest talents. His films, always on the cutting edge technologically, feature rich characters and amazing worlds, a fact reflected in AVATAR’s status as the all time box-office champion,” said Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson.
“We couldn’t be more excited about working with James and his team at Lightstorm to expand the breathtaking world of Pandora.”
Mesmerizing all ages across the globe with its otherworldly visuals and groundbreaking special effects, the film quickly became a worldwide phenomenon so popular it will be followed by three sequels, with the first sequel due for release in late 2017.
“We’re excited to be working with our longtime partner Dark Horse Comics to expand upon the rich storytelling of the AVATAR universe, providing a whole new way for fans to interact. There are so many possible stories to explore and this is just beginning,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.
AVATAR was named best drama at the Golden Globes and won Academy Awards for cinematography, visual effects and art direction.
More details on the AVATAR comic book series will be coming in the coming months.
Dark Horse Comics publishes comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko.
Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo.