Millions upon millions of Avatar hyperfans are going to have their imaginary Na’vi tendrils stroked this weekend as the extended version of James Cameron’s powerhouse goes to theaters for one final money grab before the even more extended edition hits DVDs this holiday season. Fans get about 20 more seconds of Na’vi sex, some more epic set pieces, and an extra scene featuring Tsu’tey losing his battle.

But that’s not why you clicked into this article. You want to know when a sequel is hitting, and unfortunately it’s not going to happen for quite some time. We all know Cameron is a meticulous planner and won’t jump into anything until everything is mapped out to a T, just as he did with Avatar. According to the New York Post, the director is still in the “tons of notes” stage, which is a hard stage to get past when you know there are history text book amounts of notes to organize.

What’s going to take even longer is that it seems like with parts two and three they are going to take the Kill Bill or Harry Potter approach and film them back to back with a gap between releases. This is great for fans as they’re going to be getting a boat load of content starting in 2014, but this sounds like it’s going to tie up Cameron, which may take him off of his other projects like Battle Angel.

Despite the sequels being filmed together, part two will tie up nicely rather than leaving you hanging:

“I'm mapping out the story line right now, so there's a proper arc that plays out over two films but buttons nicely at the end of Two, so you don't get this horrible second-act/end-of-The Matrix feeling. You know, 'I've just sat through a three-hour movie and f- -k-all happened at the end!' “

As long as there’s notes, Cameron has got to have some sort of idea of where he wants to go with the story. We’ll let you know when he let’s some details slip.

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