James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels have been a long time coming. Since the original science-fiction epic hit theaters in 2009 and went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, expectations were high for a follow-up — should Cameron follow it up. But the years passed, and the planet of Pandora and its inhabitants slowly faded from public consciousness, despite Cameron constantly talking about how Avatar 2 was in the works.
Then, in 2017, the ball seemed to finally get rolling — cast members were returning, technology was evolving, production was beginning. Cameron would be shooting not one, but four sequels, back-to-back. But now, after that long, hard road to production, the Avatar sequels have encountered a fearsome obstacle in the coronavirus pandemic, which has fast been shutting down major Hollywood productions. Read More »
At the end of James Cameron‘s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, which was released all the way back in 2009, villain Colonel Miles Quaritch was apparently killed during the assault on the Tree of Souls. That’s why we were surprised when James Cameron announced that Stephen Lang would be returning in the same role for the forthcoming Avatar sequels. Weirdly enough, there were only three sequels planned when Stephen Lang’s return, but the actor has confirmed that he’s on board for all four, and that means there’s a lot more to learn about the character that seemed rather one-dimensional in the first movie. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 by Fred Topel
The list of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels kept growing from two sequels to form a trilogy, and now we’re dealing with a total of five films in the franchise when all is said and done. Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement was announced to be in an unknown number of the Avatar sequels as a marine biologist named Dr. Ian Garvin. So while the actor appeared at the Television Critics Association panel for the FX series What We Do In the Shadows, we had to ask him about working on the Avatar franchise.
In our interview with Clement, the actor clarified which Avatar sequels he’s actually in, including what some of his scenes involved, and the status of any more Flight of the Conchords music. Read More »
Avatar was released all the way back in 2009, and here we are coming to the end of 2019 and we still haven’t seen a shred of footage from any of the sequels that have been in the works for years. They’ve been pushed back over and over again, but every now and then, we at least get to hear that progress is being made on these movies being directed by James Cameron. In fact, the official Avatar account on Twitter has announced that live-action production on the sequels has officially wrapped for 2019, and to celebrate, they’ve provided a new Avatar sequels photo revealing a section of massive sea vessel. Read More »
Jemaine Clement is the latest in a long string of actors who have been announced to join the Avatar sequels. But the New Zealand-born actor is seemingly the first all-out comedian to join the sprawling cast, suggesting the multiple sequels to James Cameron‘s 2009 sci-fi mega-hit could be gaining a sense of humor. But that’s down to what kind of character Clement is playing.
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Pop quiz: without any hints, can you recall the name of the villain in Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time? You may not remember his name – it’s Colonel Miles Quaritch, in case you were wondering – but you probably remember Stephen Lang‘s grizzled performance as the ruthless military man. Lang is coming back to reprise the role in James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels, and in a new interview, the actor told us about what we can expect from his character as the story continues. Read More »
We may have just learned the titles to the next four Avatar movies. A new report claims to have learned all four sequel titles, which until now have simply been referred to as Avatar 2, Avatar 3, Avatar 4 and Avatar 5. And maybe it would have been better if it stayed that way.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Judith Shekoni joins Maleficent 2
- Zoe Saldana is done filming her scenes for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3
- Samuel L. Jackson was very impressed by James McAvoy‘s Glass performance
- Jeff Goldblum says he would be down for another Fly movie, so someone should make that happen
- B.D. Wong doesn’t think Jurassic World‘s Dr. Wu is a villain
- Dwayne Johnson confirms work has begun on another Jumanji sequel
- Producers want Emily Blunt back for Sicario 3
- Pet Sematary has begun filming
- The King of Kong‘s Billy Mitchell tries to explain himself
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3D may be rapidly losing popularity and theaters, but James Cameron is still convinced that this technology is the future of cinema. The director helped revive 3D technology with his groundbreaking, lavish 2009 sci-fi film Avatar, but unfortunately, few films has lived up to the potential of 3D since then.
Which is why Cameron is flying the flag for 3D with all four of his Avatar sequels — and possibly with all of his films for the foreseeable future.
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Avatar 2 will finally hit movie theaters in 2020, 11 years after the first Avatar was released in 2009 and three years after the great SNL sketch poking fun at Avatar‘s font. The primary reason for the decade-long delay? The technology required to film director James Cameron‘s ambitious vision of a world submerged in water didn’t quite exist yet. So they invented it.
Cameron had been hinting for years about his grand plan to set the Avatar sequels primarily underwater, and shoot them using underwater motion-capture technology — but no one quite believed him until shooting for all four (!) sequels finally went underway this fall. Now that Cameron is in the full swing of production for Avatars 2 and 3, he can give us the scoop on what it’s like to shoot with this newfangled technology. Long story short: it’s really hard.
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