While the world awaits 2019 for the amazing movies & TV shows that the year is going to bring in, they don’t realize the fact yet that 2020 is going to be as awesome, or even better (I’m Kidding!). By 2020, The Avengers are going to be temporarily done, Star Wars is going to be pretty much done, Game of Thrones will be over, so you would be asking that how can the year be exciting at all. Well, the answer for that is that James Cameron is gonna be back with his Avatar franchise after 11 whole years and he is coming in with a bang, bringing us not one, but 4 Avatar sequels a year after the other!
The first Avatar film was a major success as James Cameron literally broke the Box Office by giving us a legendary film that brought in a gigantic $2.79 Billion and still stands right at the top of the Box Office.
Now after having developed the sequels for the past 8-9 years, Cameron is back, and we recently got to know that Cameron and co have already finished shooting part 2 & 3 and they will soon begin production for 4 & 5 after taking a short break.
This confirmation about the end of production for the next 2 sequels came from actor Sigourney Weaver who recently had an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She talked about her new role in the film and here’s what she said when she was asked whether she will be switching her character again in the future films:
“No, it’s a continuous character. We just finished shooting two and three. We shot it in LA and James has announced publicly that there’s a lot of underwater work, so we learned how to free dive and we did many scenes underwater which was challenging and kind of cool.
I’m so lucky because I always grew up near the water and I’m married to someone from Hawaii and I had learned to swim. Also, you have the best safety divers in the world. The one scary thing is sometimes you have to be weighted down to be on the bottom. Luckily, I would have a safety diver on each arm to get me back to the surface. I was grateful for that, because otherwise I would still be there.”
We recently got the new logo for the franchise through their social media accounts as every handle changed their profile and ditched the Papyrus font that was featured in the original 2009 film. Now, new updates are coming for all the films that are lined up to hit the theatres as we now have the titles for all the upcoming sequels.
BBC’s new report which came out in November claims that they have uncovered documents which may tie the projects to the names, Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
Now, these titles are according to BBC’s report but they haven’t been confirmed by anyone attached to the films so you may take them as a grain of salt but they do seem to be legit. The titles of Avatar 4 & 5 are certainly based on something that will be developed in 2 & 3.
It is good that the films are supposed to be going with titles as James Cameron had already confirmed that the upcoming film will not be called Avatar 2. He said:
“Certainly I don’t want to call it Avatar 2. (Jake) is not an avatar anymore, is he? Maybe we’ll call it Na’vi.”
As far as the title for Avatar 2 (The Way of Water) is concerned, we totally get where it is coming from. As mentioned above by Sigourney Weaver, there was a lot of underwater work, and even James Cameron had mentioned it in his previous interview that there are going to be plenty of underwater scenes in the film as they are having plenty of underwater production sequences.
“Well, we’re doing it. 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 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. Basically, whenever you add water to any problem, it just gets ten times harder. So, we’ve thrown a lot of horsepower, innovation, imagination, and new technology at the problem, and it’s taken us about a year and a half now to work out how we’re going to do it.”
The four Avatar films scheduled to hit the theatres on December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 & December 19, 2025, and they are going to star Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, and Stephen Lang alongside Weaver, Oona Chaplin, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis.