For a decade, Avatar stood atop the charts as the highest-grossing film of all time, raking in over $2.7 billion worldwide on around a $200 million budget. Avatar also started the trend of 3D filmmaking as another way to deliver a movie and increase revenues. However, much of the criticism of fans has been how long its taken to deliver the sequel. As well, given the amount of time that has past, are Creator and Director James Cameron and Disney taking a huge risk in doing not just one film but three?
“From 2013 until now we’ve mostly designed the whole world across four new movies,” James Cameron told Variety in a recent interview. “We’ve written, finished scripts for all four of those films. We’ve cast them, and we’ve [performance] captured movie 2, movie 3, and the first part of movie 4. We’re mostly done with the live action. I’ve got a couple months in New Zealand in spring, so we’re kind of on track with what we set out to do.”
“People don’t really understand the scope and complexity of the process,” he continued. “It’s like making two and a half big animated films. A typical big animated film takes about four years, so, if you do the math on that, we’re kind of right on schedule for December 2021.”
Recently, the official Twitter for Avatar shared an image marking the completion of principal photography.
The post said:
“That’s a wrap, Na’vi Nation! It’s our last day of live-action filming in 2019, and we’re celebrating with a sneak peek. Check out this photo of the aft well deck section of the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that carries an array of other sea-going craft in the sequels.”
The film will be the first of four sequels. Avatar 2 is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2021, after previous postponed release dates. Cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, among others, will be returning, with Kate Winslet and Vin Diesel.
In October, the account shared another image showing director, James Cameron, some sort of water sequence. This seems to be the common theme of the two films, which leads us to speculate that water may be a major theme of Avitar 2.
Are you excited about the return of Avatar to the screens? What are you hoping to see in a sequel or has it been so long you can’t remember?
Let us know in the comments below.
That’s a wrap, Na’vi Nation! 💙
It’s our last day of live-action filming in 2019, and we’re celebrating with a sneak peek. 👀
Check out this photo of the aft well deck section of the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that carries an array of other sea-going craft in the sequels. pic.twitter.com/AXgAve6aTG
— Avatar (@officialavatar) November 29, 2019
Wave machines, blazing fire, and @JimCameron wielding a 3D camera — just another day on the set of the Avatar sequels!
— Avatar (@officialavatar) October 2, 2019
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