avatar sequels

Here’s more news to solidify that the Avatar sequels are actually happening: Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis will be joining all four sequels to the James Cameron sci-fi epic in a lead role.

Curtis’ role will expand the mythology of the Avatar universe by taking the series underwater, which Cameron has hinted at, and which posed many obstacles for the motion-capture technology that Avatar uses.

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pandora

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The uniforms of Pandora: The World of Avatar are revealed.
  • The “roles” that Pandora cast members play in the park.
  • A peek at the Avatar-themed merchandise you’ll be able to buy at the park.
  • Disney is researching how to projection map a human face.
  • Disneyland is getting with the times and offering Wi-Fi in their parks.
  • There’s a new robot named iCan wandering around Tomorrowland.
  • And more!

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avatarland animatronic

Over the weekend, Walt Disney World previewed Animal Kingdom’s Pandora: The World Of Avatar to a bunch of press. We weren’t invited, and we’ve decided to keep calling it Avatar Land because the official name is not very good (and it’s more fun to say). Anyway, we are living vicariously through the photos and videos that have come out of the event. Below, watch some of the best videos from the preview, which give us our first look at this new theme park land, the incredible animatronic Na’vi, the lush bioluminescent environment Disney Imagineers have created, the food, merchandise and more.

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Avatar

It’s become a running joke by now: they set a date for Avatar 2 and then, after months (or years!) of nothing, it gets delayed. The sequel to the highest grossing film of all time was originally supposed to arrive in 2014…and then it was pushed back to 2016…and then it was pushed back to 2018. So when writer/director James Cameron revealed that the film wasn’t going to meet that last date, no one even blinked. Of course Avatar 2 wasn’t going to be released next year!

Because it’s going to be released in three years. Production has officially begun on the four sequels to the 2009 original, with the first movie now due out in 2020.

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avatar 2 begins shooting

Avatar was released in 2009 and changed the 3D movie game as we knew it. But the much-anticipated (and much-promised) sequel to James Cameron‘s sprawling sci-fi epic has been delayed year after year, until now.

Sigourney Weaver, who played Dr. Grace Augustine in the original Avatar and has a new role in the sequels, confirmed that  Avatar 2 starts shooting this fall.

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Na’vi River Journey Avatar Avatarland

Pandora: The World of Avatar opens on May 27, 2017 in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Since “Avatar Land” (as we’ll always call it in our hearts) was first announced by Disney, one of the many selling points involved immersing guests in the world of Pandora, from the floating mountains down to the exotic alien food served at the restaurants. This is expected at this point – Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has redefined food options at theme parks: gone are the cheap bad food choices, replaced with immersive food options that continue to transport guests into another world.

So what will the food of Pandora look like? Let’s take a look at the Avatar Land food below.

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Avatar 2 Release Date

It’s been over seven years since James Cameron brought Avatar into theaters and it became the highest grossing movie of all time. Since then, the loyal group of fans have been waiting for the director to follow it up with his promised sequels. The number of sequels that James Cameron has promised grew to four last year with an announcement at CinemaCon, and since then we’ve expected them to arrive starting in 2018. But guess what? That’s not gonna happen.

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avatar land tour

Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter didn’t just transport you to J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world – it transported you to a specific point in the Harry Potter canon, with the events of the attractions taking place at a specific point in the series. Not to be outdone, Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar isn’t just an extension of James Cameron‘s film (and soon to be film series). The entire experience is a sequel in its own right, sliding right into the series’ timeline.

This revelation arrived as Disney started opening the gates to the new theme park land (located in their Animal Kingdom theme park) to a few media outlets. This resulted in a bunch of new footage from the themed area, including a look at the new rides, arriving online.

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avatar ride footage

For the past three years, we’ve slowly watched Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar transform from a giant dirt pile into a jaw-dropping recreation of the alien jungle seen in James Cameron’s Avatar. Now, we’re on the homestretch, flying toward the theme park land’s May 27, 2017 opening, and first footage from the interior of one the area’s two main attractions has arrived online.

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A New ‘Avatar’ Video Game is in Development

avatar video game

Hey, it’s time to start reminding everyone about Avatar again! James Cameron‘s science fiction epic became the biggest movie of all time back in 2009, but every year saw the sequels being delayed again and again and again. Soon, we learned why: because Cameron, a perfectionist if there ever was one, had decided to write a number of sequels at once and would only proceed when the road map for the entire franchise was done.

With filming reportedly set to begin later this year and Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar theme park land set to open in May, 2017 is shaping up to be the year of “Hey, remember that you probably enjoyed Avatar?” And that will continue with a new video game from the creators of The Division.

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