When it comes to special effects and CGI, there’s nothing quite like Avatar. With the epic landscape of Pandora, the intricate details of the Avatars, the colors and the detail, the film feels more like an experience than a movie (which is why we can’t WAIT to visit the Pandora at Disney World), and now there are some pretty exciting Avatar projects in the works…
New-Zealand based digital innovators, Weta Digital, have confirmed that they have teamed up with Fox and James Cameron to produce FOUR new Avatar sequels. The company was built by iconic filmmaker Peter Jackson to bring us the incredible visual effects for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and James Cameron’s latest venture, The Planet of the Apes trilogy. So you could say they were a pretty big deal. Now, the Senior Visual Effects Supervisor of Weta Digital’s, Joe Letteri and his team will be undertaking their biggest, most expensive and most technologically advanced project yet.
Weta Digital have signed the contracts to produce four sequels to the highest-grossing movie of ALL TIME – Avatar. According to sources, the movies will be fast-tracked, and produced in sequence, one after the other, with the first sequel expected to drop in 2020. But of course, this kind of work doesn’t come cheap, with a predicted cost of over $1 billion. Wowza.
James Cameron has spoken about the upcoming sequels and his partnership with Weta Digital.
What Joe Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify. Since we made Avatar, Weta continued to prove themselves as doing the best CG animation, the most human, the most alive, the most photo-realistic effects in the world. And of course, that now means I can push them to take it even further.
Over the past few years, Weta have stood out as one of the main contenders in the world of animation, providing new and improved technology to make viewing experience even more realistic – which is the perfect mix for Cameron, who once expressed his desire to allow his viewers to watch a movie in 3D without the glasses. I mean, that would be pretty cool.
Weta’s Digital Executive Producer, David Conley, has commented on the news.
The excitement at Weta around Avatar is obvious, and the fact is that we have already been working on it for a number of years. During that period we have grown the company to a size and model that allows us to expand beyond any one project. This enables us to find a mix of other films that can help us grow along with Avatar, as is the case with Alita: Battle Angel, Marvel’s Infinity War and Mortal Engines, to name a few of the other films we are currently working on.
Needless to say, we’re pretty darn excited about this (because, you know, we’re nerds).