Avatar 2 already has an official title: Avatar: the sense of water (The Way of Water) and a first trailer in circulation for us to take a first look at the long-awaited and long-delayed sequel.
In March 2022, Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, boasted that the sequel “is going to blow people’s minds,” adding, “You’re not ready for what Jim [Cameron, the director] is doing.”
Cameron has set most of the film underwater, one of the reasons it has had such a long production run. “The process seems insane,” he admitted to EW when talking about the mammoth project. “I mean, if Avatar hadn’t made so much fucking money, we would never do this – because it’s kind of crazy.”
If anyone can pull it off, though, it’s Jams Cameron, a director responsible for two of the three highest-grossing movies of all time (Avatar and Titanic). Some may wonder if anyone wants Avatar 2 now, but never bet against this filmmaker. Zoe Saldaña says that she based 20 minutes of the final footage to move her to tears. Exaggerate? Maybe, but reactions to the 3D trailer for Avatar: Sense of Water sound just as excited.
As we knock on every piece of wood around us, it looks like the sequel will finally hit theaters in late 2022. It will then kick off a succession of sequels every two years until Avatar 5 in December 2028. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and focus on Avatar 2 for now.
Here’s everything you need to know about the long-delayed sequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster.
‘Avatar 2’ release date: When will Avatar: Sense of Water hit theaters?
To make a long story short, Avatar 2 will finally be released on December 16, 2022, after being delayed from December 2021 due to the difficulties of underwater filming and the global pandemic.
The sequel started shooting in 2017, but given that the film is a mix of live-action and motion capture elements, it’s no surprise that it took so long. In September 2020, Cameron revealed that they had completed “100%” of Avatar 2 and about 95% of Avatar 3 and in April 2022 he already assured that everything was closed and only the final touches were missing. FINALLY.
Considering that we have three other films to see, Cameron has been working on all of them simultaneously for the past few years. In December 2021, he revealed that he had already shot part of Avatar 4 as well to avoid continuity issues with the young cast. “Everything that needed to be done with a specific actor we did together, all the scenes from 2 and 3 together, and a little bit from 4,” he told Variety.
Sequel schedule:’Avatar 3, 4 and 5′
As stated, there will be a new Avatar movie every two years until Avatar 5. At least, that’s the plan. Of course, Cameron intends the film to be a total experience, so forget about streaming platforms for now. Avatar is intended for theaters. If there are no new delays, the calendar looks like this:
- ‘Avatar 2’ – December 16, 2022
- ‘Avatar 3’ – December 20, 2024
- ‘Avatar 4’ – December 18, 2026
- ‘Avatar 5’ – December 22, 2028
Before you had official confirmation of the title of Avatar 2, the BBC was right to announce that the films could be called Avatar: The Sense of Water, Avatar: The Bearer of the Seed, Avatar: The Rider of Tulkun and Avatar: The Search for Eywa.. Titles that Cameron has confirmed as possible, but except in the second part may be subject to change.
Although the filming of Avatar 3 has already finished, the post-production effort is so great that Cameron has been realistic about the likelihood of seeing the next four Avatar movies: It all depends on how Avatar 2 does at the box office.
‘Avatar 2’: Will it be a success?
James Cameron’s biggest event, and one of the biggest in movie history, hinges so much on the success of this film that it’s impossible not to ask yourself the question. Even the director is scared because the cinematographic and industrial landscape has changed a lot since the first Avatar was released. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Cameron has admitted his fear that the sequels will fail at the box office:
The big question is: Are we going to make any money? Big, expensive movies have to make a lot of money. We are in a new world after the arrival of COVID and streaming. Those [box office] figures may not be seen again. Who knows? It’s all one big roll of the dice.
‘Avatar 2’: Why has it taken so long?
If you want the full story of the sequel’s long and drawn-out journey until it hits the big screen, here it goes. Looking back, it seems almost absurd that Avatar 2 was scheduled for December 2014 and Avatar 3 for December 2015.
Those dates were delayed, as you can imagine. In April 2016, filming for Avatar 2 was due to begin. But the month of April came and went, and filming never got underway. In January of the following year, it was announced that work on the motion capture element of the film would begin in August 2017, but it actually began in September.
However, a fourth Avatar movie was announced, pushing everything back to December 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. But it’s 2020 and we still don’t have a sequel, let alone three.
All of the sequels were delayed again, with Avatar 2 due in December 2017 (and the rest set for 2018 and 2019 presumably). James Cameron blamed the delays on a “very complicated” script process.
Then, in January 2017, Avatar 2 was delayed again, assuming its makers freaked out after Star Wars: The Last Jedi moved its release from May to December 2017.
The sequel was then set to release in December 2020 before Disney moved it back to December 2021, after completing the Fox acquisition, which brings us to the latest delay.
A real gibberish of delays, right?
However, Cameron has been totally calm about the delays. “Between Terminator and Terminator 2: Doomsday seven years passed, and between Alien and Aliens another seven years”, and you see.
Avatar Poster: The Sense of Water
From the very title of the sequel, we know that Avatar 2 will take place in the underwater world of Pandora, with James Cameron determined to dedicate each of the films to exploring a great new setting in his world. This is what we can see in the Avatar poster: way of water.
‘Avatar 2’ Trailer: Is Avatar: Way of Water What We Expected?
After so much time speculating about whether James Cameron’s mammoth project would have been worth it, we can take a first look at what Avatar: way of water will be in the first trailer. In it, there is hardly any news regarding the plot. In fact, we hear only one line of dialogue from Jake Sully emphasizing the importance of family in the new installment: “Wherever we go, this family is our strength.”
What we do have is a spectacular tour of the aquatic world of Pandora, recreated by Cameron and his team with the best high-tech visual effects of the last 10 years. It is also a new step forward in 3D technology that has been enjoyed on film in some sessions of Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness.
The problem is that not only has 3D technology advanced, but also the relationship with the technology of all of us and maybe 13 years later they are no longer something so surprising. Is it worth watching Avatar 2 with 3D glasses? Is it enough to mark the appointment of December 16 on the calendar?
‘Avatar 2’ Cast: Who Will Return in Avatar: Sense of Water?
The hard-core cast of the original Avatar is under contract, so the stars of Cameron’s film will be back on board when it’s finally released.
Zoe Saldana, who will reprise the role of the Navi princess Neytiri, had just appeared in the Star Trek reboot when she starred in the original 2009 film, and thanks to projects like Guardians of the Galaxy, she has become the hottest new star. important that has emerged from Avatar, in addition to cornering the market to play aliens of various kinds.
Sam Worthington will also return as human-turned-Navi Jake Sully, though it’s fair to say his success hasn’t mirrored Saldana’s.
Sigourney Weaver, the sci-fi goddess, also returns as an entirely new character and has been learning free diving in preparation for the film. “It’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” Weaver told Yahoo. “I just wish the movies would come out sooner because I feel like the world needs more Avatar sooner.” Weaver has championed the project from the start, saying “having read all four [Avatar scripts], they’re absolutely amazing and worth the wait.”
Also, Stephen Lang returns as the late Colonel Miles Quaritch. Not only that, but Lang will be the main villain for all four movies. James Cameron said that “Stephen was so memorable in the first film that we are privileged to have him back. I’m not going to say exactly how we’re going to do it, but this is a science fiction story, after all.” He has also revealed that in the sequel he will be able to “really go to town and examine the character in detail,” according to The National.
Kate Winslet will play the role of Ronal in all of the Avatar films, marking the first collaboration between her and James Cameron since 1997’s Titanic, with Cameron admitting that they had been “looking for something to do together for 20 years”.
CCH Pounder will also reprise her role as Mo’at, Neytiri’s mother, and Matt Gerald will return as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, while Edie Falco ( The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie ) will play new character General Ardmore.
The sequel will introduce a new Na’vi clan called the Metkayina, led by Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis as Tonowari. Winslet’s character Ronal is also a member of the Metkayina clan, alongside characters like Bailey Bass’s Reya and Duane Evans Jr.’s Rotxo.
Jake and Neytiri also have Na’vi children in the sequel, such as Jamie Flatters’ Neteyam, Britain Dalton’s Lo’ak, and Trinity Bliss’s Tuktirey. They have also adopted a human child, Miles Socorro aka Spider, played by Jack Champion.
“Jake took him in, but Neytiri always saw him as one of the people who destroyed his home and killed his father,” producer Jon Landau told Empire. “So you have all these dynamics playing out.”
Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin will play Varang, who is said to be a “strong and vibrant central character” spanning all four sequels. And Star Trek: Discovery actress Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast as scientist Dr. Karina Mogue.
Lastly, Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel has also come on board alongside Jemaine Clement as marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, described by Cameron as “one of my favorite characters.”
There was also some initial confusion over the inclusion of Harry Potter’s David Thewlis in the sequel. But it turns out that he will be in Avatar 3 (and 4 and 5) but not in the second movie.
Avatar 2 Plot: What will Avatar: Sense of Water be about?
Along with the title announcement, we got the first official synopsis for the sequel, but it didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know:
“Jake Sully lives with his newly formed family on the planet of Pandora. When a family threat returns to finish what was started before, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect his planet.”
Set some 14 years after the events of Avatar, Sully is now the chief and Neytiri the high priestess of her clan, though the events will focus on her family and children.
Cameron has teased some details of the sequels that will focus on big universal themes like “family” and “imprisonment.” “At the center of each of our sequels is the Sully family,” said producer Jon Landau. “What is the dynamic that parents follow to protect their family?”.
Landau was also keen to point out that the movies can stand on their own, in case you’re one of the three people who didn’t see the original. “Each movie is an independent movie that we would like to go see,” he said. “You don’t have to have seen the first Avatar to see Avatar 2. It’s there and we’re going to take people on a visual and emotional journey that reaches its own conclusion.”
In the mix will be the return of the RDA mining operation to Pandora, forcing Jake to take his family to the “perceived safe harbor” on the reef where they meet the Metkayina.
We’ve heard they’ll also be traveling beyond the forests of Pandora into underwater and volcanic environments that Cameron promises will make “your jaw drop.” In the case of Avatar: the sense of water we will find the aquatic ecosystem of the planet.
To really capture the importance of water, Cameron has shot his motion-capture scenes underwater. “It’s never been done before and it’s very complicated because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optically based, which means it uses markers that are photographed by hundreds of cameras,” he explained to Collider.
“The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the points and markers and creates a lot of false markers. It’s a bit like if a fighter jet were to drop a bunch of chaff to confuse a missile’s radar system. It creates thousands of false targets, so we’ve had to figure out how to get around that problem, and we’ve done it.” Now you understand some of the delays better, right?
We also learn that a bespoke sign language has been created for the film thanks to Baby Driver’s CJ Jones, a deaf actor who has been hired to create a “new Na’vi sign language.”
As for what the movies look like, Cameron promises they’ll be so advanced, that you “can’t imagine” what they’ll look like. At CinemaCon, the director highlighted the experience of the film on the big screen. “[We’re] pushing the limits even further with higher frame rates, higher resolution in 3D, and more reality in our visual effects.”
Hopefully, the look is enough to draw fans back into the movies for the sequel.
Avatar 2 will take place between Pandora and Earth
Ever since James Cameron began the titanic task of shooting, almost simultaneously, four sequels of the 2009 film, we knew that the director and his team would recreate new areas of Pandora and discover new ecosystems on the prodigious planet of the Na’vi. The title of Avatar 2: the path of water already announces the importance that the depths of the ocean have in this film, and something similar will happen with the next three films,
Now, in addition, we know that Avatar is going to leave Pandora and will have a considerable part that will take place on Earth, more as we advance in history. James Cameron commented on it in an interview with Denis Villeneuve, where they both talked about the future of the industry, Cameron’s revolutionary idea to revolutionize streaming and the next projects of each: Dune: part 2 and Avatar 2. There Cameron admitted that “Like Dune, subsequent Avatar movies will take place across two worlds. Some of them take place on Earth as the story evolves, and different biomes (sets of ecosystems) within it.”
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