The highly-anticipated sequel and the next installments are getting delayed due to the pandemic.
After more than a decade of waiting, 'Avatar 2' was supposed to hit the theaters this year, but the Coronavirus pandemic has caused delays on the upcoming sequel and the next films ahead.
The untitled Avatar sequel has been pushed for a year more, despite wrapping up production in September 2020.
Here are all the latest updates and everything we know so far about 'Avatar 2' and the rest of the sequels.
In September 2020, we reported that 'Avatar 2' is '100% finished', while 'Avatar 3' is 'sort of 95%' done.
"We’re 100% complete on Avatar 2 and sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3," creator James Cameron said.
However, Cameron also revealed that "about four and a half months" worth of production were lost due to the pandemic. The team resumed production in June 2020 after the lockdowns, but the Coronavirus pandemic has still caused further delays for 'Avatar 2' and the next three movies in the film series.
Here are the current release dates of the upcoming 'Avatar' films:
'Avatar 2': December 17, 2021, moved to December 16, 2022
'Avatar 3': December 22, 2023, moved to December 20, 2024
'Avatar 4': December 19, 2025, moved to December 18, 2026
'Avatar 5': December 27, 2027, moved to December 22, 202
The next installment in the Avatar Franchise will bring back the main characters, Jake and Neytiri. 'Avatar 2' will pick up around 10 years since the events of the first film and sees Jake and Neytiri now as parents to Neteyam, Lo'ak, and Tuktirey.
The sequel will feature a lot of underwater scenes, but we do know that this will still be set in the world of Pandora.
"We made the decision for the sequels not to do necessarily what other science fiction movies do, which is if they want water they go to the ocean planet; and if they want snow, they go to the ice planet," Jon Landau, Cameron's long-term producing partner, told Slashfilm.
"We looked at all the wonders the Earth shows us, and we realized we could travel our whole lives and not see all the true wonders Earth has. So Jim made the decision to set the sequels all on Pandora. Our stories introduce us to different environments and also different cultures."
Of course, with their never-ending greed, humans are also expected to wreak havoc in the upcoming sequels, just like what happened in the first film.
We're welcoming back our lead stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana as Jake and Neytiri in the upcoming sequel.
Giovanni Ribisi (RDA chief Parker Selfridge), Joel David Moore ( Norm Spellman), and CCH Pounder (Navi spiritual leader and Neytiri's mother Mo'at) are also reprising their respective roles.
Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang are also reprising their roles as Grace Augustine and General Quaritch despite their deaths in the first film.
Cameron confirmed their return in 2014, revealing Weaver will play a different character in the sequel.
While Grace's return might be associated with her consciousness passing into the Tree of Souls.
From the set of the sequels: @ZoeSaldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo!— Avatar (@officialavatar) May 13, 2020
Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000 gallon tank, built specifically for the sequels. pic.twitter.com/NSfqoZ6jXJ
Meanwhile, Stephen Lang's General Quaritch seems to be the main bad guy in the upcoming films.
"I'm not going to say exactly how we're bringing him back... but it's a science fiction story after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of the new three-film saga," Cameron told Deadline in 2013.
In terms of new faces on the franchise, Kate Winslet is reuniting with Cameron in 'Avatar 2'. The actress who used to work with Cameron in 'Titanic' will be playing a "water person" called Ronal in the 'Avatar' sequel.
Meanwhile, child actors are joining to play with Jake and Neytiri's children. They are Jamie Flatters (Neteyam), Britain Dalton (Lo'ak), and Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey). At the same time, Bailey Bass (Tsireya), Filip Geljo (Aonung), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo) are confirmed to be part of free-diving Metkayina kids.
Jack Champion is also joining the team as Javier "Spider" Socorro, a human teenager born on Pandora.
We've been treated to a lot of behind the scene photos for 'Avatar 2', thanks to the very generous team behind the franchise.
It is safe to say that Cameron is one of the Gods of the cinematic industry, and this God will never settle for less, especially with Jon Landau on his side.
With the 2009 'Avatar' film becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (until 'Avengers: Endgame' entered the picture), Cameron has set the bar high for the sequels.
Here's how Cameron will be making the sequel even cooler.
Underwater Motion Capture Technology and more.
'Avatar 2' is made using underwater mo-cap technology. We will be exploring the watery parts of Pandora in the upcoming sequel, and Cameron knows that he needs advanced technology to bring these underwater scenes to life.
"The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror," Cameron told Collider.
Cameron further explains that the moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, creating a bunch of false markers.
"It's a little bit like a fighter plane dumping a bunch of chaff to confuse the radar system of a missile. It creates thousands of false targets, so we've had to figure out how to get around that problem, which we did," the creator added.
In November 2020, Jon Landau shared a photo of Winslet during an underwater scene where she held her breath for almost 8 minutes, beating Tom Cruise's underwater filming record.
Cameron also shared a photo of the set where he showcases some of the equipment they are using, including a 50’ forward command boat on a 16-ton, 360-degree motion-control base, three Technocranes, and a Russian Arm mounted on top of a Mercedes-Benz.
The last set for 2020 filming —The Matador (a 50’ forward command boat) on a 16-ton, 360 degree motion-control base. Three Technocranes and a Russian Arm mounted on top of a Mercedes-Benz. Just another day on the set of the Avatar sequels. (credit @jonlandau) pic.twitter.com/MB6dzUzeEr— James Cameron (@JimCameron) December 15, 2020
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