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 »
Last week, the gang from Corridor Crew dove into the visual effects of Avengers: Endgame with the help of Weta Digital visual effects supervisor Matt Aitken, who worked on several key sequences from the Marvel Studios blockbuster. Now they’re all back to take a look back at a couple projects from Weta Digital’s past. Watch as VFX artists react to Avatar (as we wait for the sequels), Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong, and the creation of Gollum for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as one of the most memorable sequences from the original Jurassic Park. 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 »
After James Cameron‘s Avatar broke box office records a decade ago, conventional wisdom said that the key reasons for the film’s unprecedented success were its jaw-dropping visuals, excellent use of 3D, and the immersive setting of Pandora.
Not so, says Cameron. In a recent interview, he explains the real reason for Avatar‘s success and why he’s driven to raise the bar with the upcoming sequels.
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It’s been 84 years since Avatar first hit the big screen, or at least it feels that way. But believe it or not, the four Avatar sequels are still on the way, and they’ve been making some decent progress over the years, even as as the finish line for Avatar 2 has been pushed back pretty much every year since 2014. Today brings news straight from James Cameron about the progress of the Avatar sequels production, and you might be surprised to learn that the performance capture is completely done for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and live-action production is almost finished too. Find out more below. 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 »
Since the moment Disney’s acquisition of Fox became official, I’ve been frantically refreshing Disney’s website hoping, pleading, for Avatar 10th anniversary merchandise. “Come on!” I yelled impatiently at my computer screen, alternately cursing Bob Iger’s name and pleading with him as if he could hear me, explaining out loud how 2019 marks the tenth year since my first trip to Pandora, and how I desperately needed to purchase something with an official logo on it to celebrate the occasion.
I’m happy to report that I will finally rest easy tonight, because at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, that sweet, sweet Avatar merch is finally on sale. I mean, who wouldn’t want an Avatar 10 year anniversary water bottle?!
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Though imagery from Avatar was featured on press releases when Disney officially acquired 20th Century Fox’s film assets, James Cameron‘s 2009 sci-fi action film has not been listed in any of the announcements about content that will be streaming on the forthcoming Disney+. But that changed today, because Disney is going all-out to make sure you know that Avatar has an exclusive new streaming home, and it will be streaming on Day One of the new service. They even got Cameron to record a video about it. Read More »
The marketing of Ang Lee’s Gemini Man leaned heavily on talking up the high frame-rate technology on display in the sci-fi action flick. But very few theaters were able to display the film the way Lee shot it, and viewers who were able to watch a high frame rate projection came away unimpressed. Whenever HFR was mentioned in relation to Lee’s film, James Cameron‘s Avatar sequels were brought up, because it was rumored that Cameron would be shooting these films in a similar manner. Not so, says Cameron. Sort of. During a recent interview, Cameron said that he would be using high frame rate footage “sparingly” during production but seemed to indicate that the finished films won’t be screened in that format.
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