TidBits: Avatar sequels finally start production; Scanners TV adaption
by Doc on Sep.28, 2017, under Movies, Television
It’s finally happened…the ambitious Avatar mega-sequel has finally started production!
Simultaneous production on the four Avatar sequels began this past week. This is the most ambitious production ever, tacking four movies at once for release in December 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025. Previously, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy was filmed as a unit by Peter Jackson, as was The Hobbit trilogy.
The 1981 sci-fi thriller Scanners from David Cronenberg, which starred Michael Ironside and Jennifer O’Neill, is now being adapted as a possible TV series by Media Res and Bron Studios. According to Deadline, they came out as the victors in a competitive bidding war, beating out Lionsgate, Paramount and Skydance.
The movie dealt with people with telepathic and telekinetic powers who are forced to work secretly for a corporation that deals in security and weapons systems – or hunted down if they don’t.
Rights were previously held by Dimension Films where they attempted to develop a new movie and a TV series, but it never resulted in anything.