During a radio interview, Sam Worthington gave a production update on the Avatar sequels, confirming that shooting/motion capture will begin in October of 2014.
Via Variety: “We are going to start this time next year and we will do two, three and four,” he told Australia radio station NovaFM. “In one shot, we’ll do them simultaneously. I’ll be grateful if it finishes.”
Avatar delivered amazing visuals and ramped up adoption of 3D across the movie industry, and I expect the sequels will do the same for HFR (high frame rate). Director James Cameron has already said that the sequels will be shot at a HFR of 48fps or 60fps. Having seen The Hobbit in HFR 48fps and normal 24fps, my preference is 48fps. It's so much sharper and more vivid that I'm kinda hoping Cameron shoots 60fps or higher.
The first Avatar sequel will hit theaters in December 2016 and will probably blow my mind.