Everything we know about those 4 Avatar Sequels in progress

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Avatar It came out exactly 10 years ago, which means that next year it will have been 10 years since James Cameron He worked some of Na & # 39; vi, the language spoken by the natives of the habitable distant moon that he created for the successful film, in an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.

"I see you, my brother and my sisters," the winner of the Best Director kindly translated, thus making him the king of two worlds, this one and Pandora.

At the time, Avatar-The first film of the 21st century that made the three-dimensional sensation essential was the product of years of retouching in the process of capturing performance and obtaining exactly the right details to create a visually enhanced cinematographic experience. "We are family now, boys, like it or not," Cameron said, referring to the traditional realization of Hollywood movies and the brave new world of digital production he was defending.

"And thanks to the spouses, who waited so patiently for four and a half years while we ventured into Pandora," he added. "Now we are back, and I would especially like to thank you for being so patient with my partner in life, Susan, right here. She is always in my six years, she always supports me, and thanks, baby. Because you make my dreams possible."

It's good that Suzy Cameron had her own activities to keep her busy. Because after that short break to enjoy the awards season, her husband has barely aired.

All along, Cameron knew he wasn't done with Pandora and the Na & # 39; vi, the little blue creatures whose way of life is attacked in the 2100s by battered humans who want to undermine their home for the precious mineral Unobtanium.

"I've had a story in mind from the beginning, there are even scenes in Avatar that I followed because they took me to the sequel, "he said Entertainment Weekly Before the balloons "It just makes sense to consider it as an arc of two or three films, in terms of the business plan. The plants, trees and computer-generated creatures and the musculoskeletal rig of the main characters, all that takes a huge amount of time to create It would be a waste not to use it again. "

He didn't repeat his winning night at the 2010 Oscars, where his third ex-wife, The injured locker director Kathryn Bigelow, she became the first woman to win the Oscar for directing and her film won the Best Film, but Avatar He still won three, for cinematography, visual effects and production design, of the nine for which he was nominated, leaving out the other technical achievements in those categories that year.

Leaving aside the compliments of the industry, if the sequels are planned instantly now after a nightly success exceeds $ 100 million, then, for any study, a sequel would have been given Avatar He ran to the $ 1 billion mark. It soon became the first film to win more than $ 2 billion worldwide, and its eventual $ 2.8 billion was enough to make it the highest grossing film of all time, supplanting Titanic, until Avengers: Endgame he shrieked last year.

At the end of 2010, 20th Century Fox was considering release dates in December 2014 and December 2015 for the second and third Avatar movies, both returning stars Zoe Saldaña when Princess Na & # 39; vi became the leader of the Omaticaya Neytiri clan and Sam Worthingtonlike Jake Sully, the paraplegic war veteran sent to infiltrate virtually the Na & # 39; vi but who ends up fighting with them against the human invaders of Pandora.

"In the second and third films, which will be independent stories that will also fulfill a major story arc, we will not back down Avatar"The visual and emotional power, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, that touched the hearts of the public in all cultures of the world," Cameron said in a statement. "I really want to go back to Pandora, a world where our imagination can go wild."

After the Balloons, Worthington told reporters in the backstage that he was honored to be in such a successful movie: "But it also puts him in perspective," he added, "which, you know, you put in hard courtyards, you can pay ".

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However, given that the 2009 film was 15 years old, Cameron first wrote an 80-page treatment in 1994 that foresaw the technology yet to be invented that would really immerse viewers in that world, anyone who decided not to have their breath It was prophetic.

In early 2012, producer Jon Landau said in a 3-D projection of Titanic that the next Avatar The film, which was rumored at the time that it was deepening beneath the surface of the Pandoran oceans, was "four years away."

Even with the news that the longest wait time was around, there was already talk of a fourth movie in the saga of a movie, but Cameron told E! News while you promote TitanicAt the launch of Blu-ray in September 2012, "we will see how 2 and 3 work."

As for really doing 2 and 3, he said they were "in the early stages of that. We have spent the last two years creating tools and software to make it a very fluid pipe for what will be a very large and difficult project."

Cameron filmed most of Avatar in Los Angeles, while the 2,500 scenes involving visual effects were completed by Weta Digital, based in New Zealand, the company co-founded by Peter Jackson that brought The Lord of the rings to the life.

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In 2012, Cameron spent about $ 16 million on 2,500 acres of farmland along Lake Pounui in the Wairarapa Valley of New Zealand to serve as its base of operations for manufacturing Avatar two and 3-although at that time he was still busy writing the scripts at his home in Malibu and the plan once again was to mainly shoot the performance capture sequences in L.A.

As part of the agreement, Cameron had to agree to keep some of his properties as farmland, and told the New York Times In July of that year, although he still didn't know exactly what they would grow on the farm, he and Suzy, who made the family eat a plant-based diet, "were looking for something more crop-based," instead of running a type operation Ranch.

As for a reception hall on the ground that city residents had historically used for weddings and other special occasions, Cameron said that would be his workshop, not exactly to calm the concerns of some locals that he would go to the city without nothing. Concern for your neighbors. Its new broadcast was a 15-minute helicopter ride from WingNut Films of Jackson, which, in turn, is close to Weta Digital.

Overall, however, Cameron, who applies for residency status in 2012, appreciates the exuberant vibe of the relatively nascent film industry in New Zealand. "They are not the type of third generation people who are working on sound stages in a very tired Los Angeles," he told Times. The following year, his company T Base 2 bought a nearby dairy farm (to stop dairy production) and a walnut orchard, and finally acquired at least a dozen local properties.

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Since then, although its production credits have accumulated, including one in Terminator: Dark Fate, the original writer and director of the franchise has just recovered the rights of history earlier this year after signing them in the 1980s as part of the agreement to obtain those of 1984 The terminator done, but Cameron hasn't yet directed any other movies while he's been working on what they are now four Plus Avatar films.

At CinemaCon in 2016, Cameron said there would indeed be a Avatar 5, and everything would be launched from December 2018, followed by releases in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

"We have decided to embark on a really massive film process," said the author. While we map only two films, "we begin to run into the limitations of our art form."

Cameron continued, for The Hollywood reporter, "I have been working in recent years with a team of four main screenwriters to design the world of Avatar in the future: the characters, the creatures, the environment, the new cultures. So far, the art I am seeing is, in pure imagination, really far beyond the first movie. It's going to be a true epic saga. "

The following year, however, reality sank.

"Well, 2018 is not happening," Cameron acknowledged in 2017 to the Toronto Star. "We have not announced a firm release date. What people have to understand is that it is a cadence of releases. So we are not doing Avatar 2. They were doing Avatar 2, 3, 4 4 and 5 5. It is an epic company. It is no different than building the Three Gorges Dam. "

The river.

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"Then I know where I will be for the next eight years of my life," Cameron continued. "It is not an unreasonable time frame if you think about it. It took us four and a half years to make a movie and now we are doing four. Right now we are in full swing. This is my work day and very soon we will be 24-7. We are pretty good designed in all our creatures and sets. It's very exciting. I wish I could share with the world. But we have to preserve a certain amount of spectacle and we will draw that curtain when the time is right.

"But there is a high degree of enthusiasm in 20th Century Fox for these projects. And certainly here at home. We just love it. We love being able to dive into this world in much more detail than people can imagine."

At this time, Avatar 2 It is scheduled for release on December 17, 2021; followed by 3 on December 22, 2023; 4 4 on December 19, 2025; and 5 5 on December 17, 2027. (As of now, we mean released in theaters, not on Netflix or in a virtual reality headset, but … you never know)

Meanwhile, the Avatarshow inspired by Cirque du Soleil TORUK: the first Flight—Described as "a living ode to the symbiotic coexistence of the Na & # 39; vi with nature and its belief in the basic interconnection of all living beings"-It opened in 2015 and toured the world before concluding in London last June. It also keeps fans excited for more, the $ 500 million theme area "Pandora: The World of Avatar"opened at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in 2017.

Something more tangible came from Cameron's efforts: James and Suzy's New Zealand farm has been growing fruits, vegetables and nuts, and the couple opened a coffee and grocery store, Food Forest Organics, which sells their products.

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In 2018, Suzy Cameron said Women's Day that he expected his family to be in New Zealand the following year when Avatar 2 and 3 He started shooting.

"I am very excited that we will be here during the winter months to go skiing," he said, the winter months are the last summer months in the United States.

(The Camerons, by the way, found themselves doing Titanic"Suzy played Rose's adult granddaughter." "People always ask if it was love at first sight," he said. "It wasn't, but he was really great. We both look for strong emotions and we love diving and flying planes."

Worthington, Saldana and Weaver are enrolled in Avatar 2, 3, 4 4 and 5 5and in 2017 Oona chaplin, who played the nefarious Talisa Stark in game of Thrones, United to the Avatar Cast as Varang. Also that year, Jon Landau told the New Zealand Herald that son from the hometown A cliff I would play Tonowari, leader of the people of the Metkayina reef (so all the underwater rumor was true).

Landau called Curtis, a former star of Fear of the walking dead who was seen on the big screen this year in Hobbs & Shaw and Dream doctor, "A brilliant example of the extraordinary creative talents of the New Zealand film community that have led us to produce our films in the country."

At that time, the Herald He pointed out that the films would finally begin filming at Stone Street Studios in Wellington the following year (2018) and begin to premiere in 2020. Close, but for a year.

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Presumptuous Avatar 2 (which may or may not have a more descriptive title at some point) is displayed as "planned,quot; in December 2021, that will be 12 years since the first chapter of the saga was told, although at least, thanks to the entire capture of the movie. rationale, older actors will not be a problem.

To really put this gap in perspective, when Avatar he left, Guardians of the Galaxy I was still five years away, which means Zoe Saldana has been in four Marvel Universe movies and in two Star trek sequels (in addition to a lot of other things, and she has had three children), and is going to start up in a third Guardians next year. And it is not that the visual effects of these films do not take months to prepare once the production is over.

But Avatar 2, 3, 4 4 and 5 5 are happening, Cameron is still only 65 years old and has a very committed cast and crew.

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After the Golden Globes in 2010, just after, as in the backstage, when Avatar It was also named Best Movie, Drama. Cameron said he had never worked on a movie in which the cast and crew became such a big family as this one.

In addition, he and some of the technicians "were basically locked together in a gray room for three years," he joked. "Then you get along or there is blood on the floor at the end of that time."

Cameron, of course, was exaggerating … especially.

Linda Hamiltonwhom he directed in the first two Terminator movies and then she had a daughter and finally married, she remembered that she didn't get along with her ex-husband in the first movie, and told MTV News in 2009: "He wasn't oriented towards human experience. He's the only person I've ever once he took off the set and yelled at him. "

In 2017 The Guardian pointed out a story of the whole of Avatar, about Cameron nailing the cell phones of the crew members on the wall with a nail gun if he heard them ring on the set.

"Jim and I had a kind of love and hate relationship," Worthington said. parade in 2009. "He pushed me and everyone else. But, I think any movie has conflict while you make it. That's why you put sand in an oyster to get a pearl. That, for me, is what to do is a movie is about it. Jim looks at it like you're going to war, but that's what solidarity comes from. That's what commitment to the cause comes from. That's what emotion comes from. You surprise yourself. "

"Yes, I think my behavior at work is much nicer (now)," Cameron said The Guardian Eight years later. "I learned that, OK, the movie is important, but the quality of life is also important. But it is an art learned for me. I think Ron Howard He's innate, he's an innately nice guy. I'm an innately nice guy, but taking that to work has been a learning curve. "

Meanwhile, everything Avatar The saga began with a film that, although critics in some circles criticized her for appearing antimilitarist, showed the ugly side of the use of military force in a foreign country and remains perfectly current in 2019 (and in all likelihood it will remain in 2027 )

Worthington's veteran of war is "a hero, a man of great value throughout the film," Cameron told reporters in 2010. Jake Sully strives to "adapt to local culture and get his help, and try to understand them. , try to see He does that, and I think you should look at the hero of the movie, not the enemy of the movie, what the filmmaker's value system is because I can't think of a better tribute to the American fighter than to make The main character of our multi-billion dollar movie is a former Marine and wearing the Globe and Anchor T-shirt. "

And, quite obviously, it is Cameron's criticism of the continuous looting of the natural resources of this planet, even when (most) of the world leaders recognize that it is necessary to take measures to reverse the destructive course in which we are.

Expect to see more of those messages.

"The Avatar the movies are very specific about certain topics, "said Cameron Toronto Star in 2017. "In a very broad sense, if you stand behind, Avatar it's about human arrogance and how we use the resources of our world and try to control it. Did the atlantes do something like that? I know that pride goes before a fall. I have a nuclear war in the Terminator movies You have the Titanic entering an iceberg where they thought they were lords of nature and had total dominance.

"The Avatar The films are about our sense that we can master nature, when we really should learn to be part of nature. Or we simply will not survive. So there are thematic connections. "

He continued: "And again, I believe that (the lost city of) Atlantis is this enduring myth around this great enigma. How could they have disappeared without a trace? I certainly believe in the Greek concept of arrogance, when you think that you know everything, that will precede its collapse. I see that this is happening now in our civilization. I see the need for a more enlightened approach to our integration and the natural world and our connection … Right now, everyone is isolating themselves. nations of the world are separating from a sense of community. Only through an international community are we going to solve problems like climate change that affect us all. I see a precipice if we don't change our ways. "

No wonder this has taken so long. Every time James Cameron thought he had an idea of ​​the most serious problems in this world, a new one emerged.

But putting aside serious issues, "we just love it," he said. "We love being able to dive into this world in much more detail than people can imagine. When you imagine what Avatar The movies will be like where we were from. You can't imagine where we are taking this. And for me, that's the fun of revealing it in time. "