The Avatar sequels are beginning to seem lot more real after a decade of development, delays, and headlines, as director James Cameron has posted fresh photographs from the set of the highly-anticipated Avatar 2.
On one image, Avatar created by James Cameron is shown standing with Edie Falco’s General Ardmore in the flight deck of a dragon gunship from the original film. The images also reveal a glimpse of the sequel’s ambitious underwater performance capture sequences. Take a look at the images below to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.
EW broke the news of the photographs, as well as an interview with James Cameron on the Avatar sequels. Cameron described the process as “a little wild,” which makes sense considering that the sequel’s preparation began in 2012. The issue with this series is particularly unusual in that we already know that Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all in the works. We also know that the Avatar sequels cost $1 billion to make, with each film costing $250 million. According to the EW article, Avatar 2 and 3 will be a love letter to the water, which Cameron explored in his 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
“I do the ocean thing when I’m not making movies,” Cameron said. “So if I could combine my two greatest loves, one of which is ocean exploration; the other, feature filmmaking, why wouldn’t I?”
This corresponds to the storyline information that has begun to emerge regarding the sequel. Avatar 2 will follow Jake Sully and his new family as they explore new places of Pandora, including spending a lot of time in and near the sea, as we previously know. The Crabsuit, a gigantic, crab-like submersible that will appear in the Avatar sequels, has also been shown in concept art.
Avatar 2 concluded production in September of last year, while Avatar 3 was also wrapping up filming. Avatar 2 was meant to be released this Friday, but it has now been pushed back until December 16, 2022. The release date for Avatar 3 is set for December 20, 2024, with Avatar 4 following in December 2026 and Avatar 5 following in December 2028. The films aren’t the only Avatar-related ventures in the pipeline. According to the makers, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a video game that will concentrate on “world exploration and nature.”