Okay, so TECHNICALLY this isn’t retro….but everyone loves Avatar, right?
And Avatar 2 is FINALLY happening! We’ve known for a while that there are four Avatar sequels in the pipeline (how exciting is that?!) but this is the first time since the initial release that we have heard news of production. And we’re stoked.
When Avatar was first released in 2009, it broke box office records and grossed $2.7 billion globally. The 3D movie game was also changed forever with this sci-fi epic that made us see blue for two weeks after we watched it. So a second film is kind of a big deal. And with James Cameron as a director, we’re expecting even bigger and better this time round.
Cameron has confirmed that original cast members, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana will be returning to the franchise, but wants to clarify that the second Avatar movie won’t just be a simple sequel. They were written as ‘separate stories that have an overall arc inclusive of the first film,’ ooooh.
Despite being killed off in the first movie, Cameron has confirmed that Sigourney Weaver will be returning for all three of the sequels, and she has confirmed this herself – even letting slip a few little details. She will be returning as an all-new character, and has said,
I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing. Am I worried about how we’re going to bring them to life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. We’re starting training…we will be actually shooting it by the fall.
How can they tease us like this?! Especially as we have so long to wait. Initially, Cameron reported of a 2018 release date. But he announced recently that it would no longer be released that early. It seems their ambition has no time limit, and there is no release date at all now. But we’re hoping we won’t have to wait too long. Following this, the next three Avatar sequels after this one are supposed to be released in 2020, 2022, and 2023. So they’ve got a lot of work to do.
However, we can rest easy knowing that production is now close to its start, and Cameron has even been seen prepping a Mirage 4 KLH RGB laser system. In layman’s terms, this is a big ol’ projector that is capable of creating and projecting 120 frames per second in 3D and 4K resolution. It seems they have big plans, and we can’t wait to see what they produce.
They better get cracking, because the world is waiting.