The Avatar sequels have been a long time in coming, having been struck with multiple delays since the original film’s 2009 release.
But now it looks like production is really about to begin on James Cameron’s four follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Further delays permitting, of course.
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Producer Jon Landau revealed at CineEurope that performance capture will “officially” begin on September 25, according to Deadline.
He said that Cameron “has done a couple of sequels before in his career and [Landau] would argue that those sequels have lived up to, if not exceeded, the original movies”, and that the filmmaker has been writing the scripts “for the last several years… finally, we have the four scripts for the Avatar films ready”.
Avatar 2 was originally scheduled for release in December 2014. It slipped to December 2016, then December 2017, and is now officially scheduled for December 18, 2020.
Landau showed some design work for the upcoming films, revealing some more details about Avatar 2-5.
“At the heart of any movie are the characters,” he said. “One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family.
“At the centre of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a standalone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”
Game of Thrones‘ Oona Chaplain was recently announced to be joining Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington in the movies.
Walt Disney World has added a new ‘Pandora: The World of Avatar” attraction to tide you over until the films finally arrive.
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