It’s been more than a decade since we’ve waited for the next movie which eventually led us to think that maybe we’re never getting another movie from the Avatar franchise. But never say never, after years of development filming is said to be already done and it’s finally on the way, though it’s still far away.
The first movie Avatar which came out way back in 2009 was a massive success and became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time that year. It raked up a staggering $2.74 billion. It was the only movie to have ever crossed more than $1 billion in 2009.
As for Avatar 2, the movie we’ve all been waiting for won’t be released until next year. Want to know more? Let’s find out, here’s everything we have learned so far about the upcoming sequel.
Avatar 2: Release Date
Avatar 2 is set to premiere on December 16, 2022.
production kicked off in June 2020 and in September, director James Cameron revealed that Avatar 2 is “100% complete” and roughly 95% completed on Avatar 3.
“Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the filming because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3,” Cameron said.
A new Avatar movie is expected to release every year back to back until Avatar 5 on December 22, 2028. That’s the actual plan but let’s see how it goes.
For now here are the other Avatar sequels’ release dates although the release date might change in the future.
Avatar 3 – December 20, 2024
Avatar 4 – December 18, 2026
Avatar 5 – December 22, 2028.
In November 2018, the BBC reported that the sequels could be titled Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
Avatar 2: Cast
The cast members who are joining in the upcoming sequel are:
Zoe Saldana as Neytiri
Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
Kate Winslet as Ronal
Michelle Yeoh as Dr Karina Mogue
Cliff Curtis as Tonowari
Edie Falco as General Ardmore
Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge
Oona Chaplin as Varang
Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch
Sigourney Weaver as Dr Grace Augustine
Avatar 2: Plot
Several years ago after the previous movie, the director himself Cameron dropped some details of the storyline of Avatar 2, which will follow on “familial and imprisonment themes”. Cameron also brought up that the movies can go off on their own, in case if you haven’t watched the original film, you will still enjoy watching the upcoming sequels.
“Each movie is a standalone movie that we would wanna go see,” producer Jon Landau explained. “You don’t need to have seen the first Avatar, see Avatar 2. It sits there and we’re gonna take people on a visual and an emotional journey that comes to its conclusion.”
Avatar 2 will be released after 12 years. Neytiri has become the high priestess and Sully is now the chieftain of their clan. They have started their own family. According to reports, they will set out on a journey beyond the wildernesses of Pandora into the deep water and volcanic settings that James Cameron said (via Empire) will make “you shit yourself with your mouth wide open.” That’s quite a bold statement. By any means, we can’t wait to see what happens.
Some of the scenes in the movie were shot underwater. Cameron (via Collider) explained, “It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call an optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras.”
“The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, and it creates 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.”
In the upcoming sequel, what awaits Pandora is the invasion by the human military force once again. How will they overcome this? Find out on 16th December 2022 as Avatar 2 will hit the theatres.