By Jeff Labrecque
October 27, 2010 at 01:11 PM EDT

James Cameron is making his Avatar sequels his top priority. According to Variety, Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 will be the blockbuster director’s next projects. The plan is for Cameron to begin writing both sequels early next year, with the eye on release dates of December 2014 and December 2015. “In the second and third films, which will be self-contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar‘s visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters,” the director told the trade.