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 »
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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When Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame surpassed James Cameron‘s Avatar as the highest grossing film ever released (unadjusted for inflation), Cameron sent a congratulatory public note to Marvel and Kevin Feige, continuing a tradition of filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg sending similar messages to each other through the trades when one of their films would beat the other’s to take the top spot. But it sounds like Cameron eventually expects to receive one in return, because he thinks it’s “a certainty” that Avatar will overtake Endgame at the global box office. Read More »
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 »
Leading up to the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, there was plenty of hype trying to get audiences into theaters for the latest installment of the long-running sci-fi franchise. But along with the typical publicity fluff trying to sell the movie, producer James Cameron got rather honest about the creative struggles in the editing room thanks to having a different perspective than director Tim Miller. But now it’s the director’s turn to talk about what went wrong with the movie (and with his relationship with Cameron) now that the movie has bombed. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, another edition of “VFX Artists React” has the Corridor Crew looking at an episode of Supergirl, the miraculous achievement that was Titanic, and more. Plus, a video essay explores why Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Aliens are two of the best sequels ever, and Bumblebee star Hailee Steinfeld answers the web’s most searched questions about herself. Read More »
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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 »
Say what you will about James Cameron, he doesn’t sugarcoat things. When he’s not making countless Avatar sequels, the filmmaker is being brutally honest about, well, everything. Case in point: Cameron recently revealed that the Terminator: Dark Fate editing process was a bit bumpy. So bumpy, in fact, that he hints at a metaphorical bloodbath of sorts – one that had him and director Tim Miller at odds sometimes. But Cameron makes it clear this is all part of the creative process, and not the sign of some beef between himself and Miller.
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