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, a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 visual effects breakdown shows off the digital work that went into creating a variety of elements during the climactic third act. Plus, Robert Rodriguez and Jon Landau talks about the inception of the upcoming James Cameron produced sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel, and Bill Hader shows off some of his more obscure impressions. Read More »
I learned a long time ago to think twice before doubting James Cameron. When everyone in Hollywood thought he was in the midst of an over-budgeted disaster, Cameron delivered what became the highest grossing movie of all time. The fact that the previous sentence could be referring to either Titanic or Avatar and be equally accurate is absolutely nuts, and while I’ve made my fair share of jokes about the upcoming Avatar sequels never getting off the ground, we now know exactly when Cameron will be diving back into the alien world of Pandora to begin filming.
Plus, each of the sequels are now being described as “stand-alone” stories that connect to form a larger saga. Find out the official Avatar 2 start date below.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
For several years now, James Cameron has been planning to make a live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. But he’s been tied up with the Avatar sequels, and has even suggested he might only direct Avatar movies from now on. So where does that leave Battle Angel Alita?
Well, as of today, in the capable hands of director Robert Rodriguez. The Machete director is confirmed to helm the manga adaptation, now going by the slightly different title Alita: Battle Angel. Cameron remains on board as a producer, along with Jon Landau. Read all about the Alita Battle Angel Robert Rodriguez news after the jump. Read More »
Update: New details have been revealed about the Pandora: The World of Avatar rides. Get the new info and see some concept art after the jump.
At the last D23 Expo in 2013, Disney didn’t have much to reveal about Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise, offering just a vague tease of props and photos from Imagineering’s research scout to Pandora.
In February we got a bit more information when Walt Disney Imagineering released a video of the filmmaker visiting the Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors. Later that year, Disney finally revealed their plans and concept art for the upcoming project, with construction begining on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida.
At D23 Expo 2015, Walt Disney Imagineering finally let fans get a close-up look at what they’re planning for Avatar Land. Hit the jump to see photos from the show floor exhibit and learn more about the upcoming theme park land.
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Its been a while since we’ve heard anything about Avatar Land, Disney World’s upcoming theme park land based on James Cameron‘s epic Avatar franchise. Last we heard, construction had begun on Pandora in January 2014 in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida. Today we get an update which gives us a preview of some of the creative process including some of the really cool looking interactive features of the bioluminescent forrest currently in the works. Watch a video of James Cameron discovering the progress being made as he visits the Avatar Land Bioluminescent Forrest behind closed doors.
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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 »
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 »
Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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