‘Avatar 2′ Test Footage Screened at Siggraph

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For years, James Cameron and Jon Landau have continued to assure the public Avatar 2 is coming. The writer/director has been locked away working on the script and the producer has been out and about giving us brief updates. This week, for the first time, Landau came out in public and showed some test footage for the film. It showed a “noticeable improvement” in the virtual camera techniques, with higher quality output in a scene that featured a human and Na’vi walking on the surface of Pandora. Read More »

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It’s no secret that parts of James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels will take place underwater. The Oscar-winning filmmaker has been open about this, as has his producer Jon Landau. It’s an environment Cameron’s comfortable with, as we’ve seen not only through Titanic, but through his IMAX documentaries and personal exploration trips.

Setting Avatar 2 underwater poses many issues, however. One big hurdle is the need for Cameron’s fully performance-captured characters to interact in that environment. Well, at a recent conference, Landau revealed they’re currently testing technology to do full performance capture underwater. This would be a huge leap ahead in technology that’s been evolving from Lord of the Rings to Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »

Producer Jon Landau clarified last week that there were no plans to shoot Avatar 4 just yet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be one coming down the line eventually. Filmmaker James Cameron has said previously that he’s considering the possibility of a fourth Avatar, and he already has a few ideas for the possible film. For starters, he explains, it won’t really be a sequel, but a prequel.

But before that gets going, Landau says Cameron will be turning his attentions to the long-gestating Battle Angel. Read more about Cameron’s plans for the future after the jump.

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Casting, rumors, hopes, desires and much more are in this huge holiday edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Producer Jon Landau clarifies the possibility of Avatar 4 and offers an update on 2 and 3.
  • See Chris Pine on the set of Jack Ryan with Kevin Costner and read some thoughts on the tone of Star Trek 2.
  • Is the Iron Patriot going to be in Iron Man 3 after all?
  • Also, Wang Xueqi joins the Shane Black directed sequel in an intriguing role.
  • Screenwriter Alex Garland laid out some thoughts for a possible Dredd 3D sequel.
  • Grown Ups 2 built a set for an outdoor, night time go-kart scene to film indoors and during the day.
  • Director Jeff Wadlow hints that Jim Carrey has, in fact, been cast in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Rick Jaffa, a writer/producer of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, confirms a big franchise staple won’t be in the sequel.

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Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:

  • Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
  • James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
  • The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating

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James Cameron is planning to shoot two sequels to Avatar back-to-back, and in the two and a half years since the release of the first film, we’ve learned a few things about plans for those two new movies. The most important thing is arguably the release date. Fox announced Avatar 2 (which may not be the final title) for December 2014, with the third film to follow in 2015. But as we’re already well into 2012 and we know the sequel doesn’t have a cast or green light, that 2014 date has been seeming less likely.

Indeed, at a Titanic 3D screening early this year, Cameron’s long-time producer Jon Landau said that the first Avatar sequel is likely four years away. Now, in a new interview promoting Titanic 3D, he offers a little more about the Avatar sequel, saying that 2014 doesn’t look likely, but that things are underway. Read More »

If you were hoping to see more Star Trek: The Original Series stars in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2, George Takei says you’re out of luck. If you’ve been waiting to see Emma Thompson step back into her Oscar-nominated role from In the Name of the Father as real-life human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, on the other hand, things are looking up. After the jump:

  • Luke Wilson isn’t sure he’ll be back for Anchorman 2
  • … but he wouldn’t mind another Old School
  • A new behind-the-scenes video from Skyfall drops
  • Producer Jon Landau talks Avatars 2 and 3, briefly
  • Emma Thompson will reprise her role as Gareth Peirce
  • George Takei says not to expect TOS cameos in Star Trek 2
  • Another new Men in Black 3 television spot

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Not surprisingly, your ticket to Pandora might be redeemed a little later than expected. Producer Jon Landau was recently in London screening footage from James Cameron‘s upcoming Titanic 3D and said that Avatar 2 is four years away. Originally, the sequel was annoucned to be released in December 2014 with the third film December 2015, both of which are less than four years away. Does that mean Cameron’s films have officially been delayed? Maybe. Or maybe not. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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