Avatar Sequel Set Pictures and speculation

Avatar Sequel Set Pictures and speculation

Hey everyone! Jon Landau continues to show amazing photos of sets and the cast from the upcoming sequels. He has recently shared some great news and that is that they are headed back to New Zealand next week to resume working on the Avatar sequels which have been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He also recently shared the these photos.

The Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom), and the Picador jetboat (top). Wow look at that harpoon on the Matador. I think these are RDA boats, you can even see the “Ops” from Sec Ops on the Picadors side. If you rode the Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom you know we get to see some of the sea creatures that will most likely be in the sequels like the giant nalutsa. Also when Avatar released the first bit of concept art from the sequels we got to see two Na’vi riding ilu. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the RDA were hunting the nalutsa or ilu in the movie with giant harpoons like these.

Bottom row left to right, Zoe Saldana (Neytiri of the Omatikaya) and Sam Worthington (Jake Sully, Chief of the Omatikaya). Top row left to right, Kate Winslet (Ronal of the Metkayina) and Cliff Curtis (Tonowari, Chief of the Metkayina). This is fantastic to see, this is the first picture I’ve seen of Sam on set, and we get a chance to see them in the silver water mo-cap suits. We first saw the underwater suits in early 2018 when Zoe posted a video and some pictures of herself while wearing one on IG. The floating white balls were discussed by Jon on another photo, they prevent light from contaminating the underwater performance capture system while allowing anyone in the water to surface safely.

One of the first looks we got of the underwater mo-cap suits, shared by Zoe Saldana on IG in 2018.

James Cameron giving the actors direction before they dive underwater to capture performances for a scene. Here we get a blurry but good view of the white balls again. I would love to know who all is in this shot. I believe the far right could be Lea Catania.

This is such a cool behind the scenes shot of how they are doing the underwater mo-cap production. I really hope we get a great making-of book for Avatar 2. I can’t wait to learn so much more about all the new technology that’s going into the sequels.

The aft well deck section of the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that carries an array of other sea-going craft in the Avatar sequels. It really looks like the RDA are looking to dominate the Pandoran oceans in Avatar 2. It will be very interesting to see how all of these different vessels play out.

Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine) and Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman) back in the Site 26 Shack set for some scenes for the new movies. Wow this picture sure brings back memories, it looks like it is straight from the original Avatar. It will have been 12 years between Avatar and Avatar 2, so I love the idea of flashbacks like this. Which brings me to the next photos that Jon shared with us in 2019, think there is any chance we get to see Trudy again in a flashback? I know she stopped by as a visitor, I think it would be pretty special if they worked her into a flashback.

Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy Chacon) with Garrett Warren (Avatar stunt coordinator).

Jon Landau and Michelle on set in New Zealand.

Michelle with James Cameron.

 

Mattias Zimmergren covers I see you

Mattias Zimmergren covers I see you

Hey guys! Earlier today in the Facebook group Avatar Meet Mattias shared a new video with us. There are a lot of Avatar fans in that group, but I know not everyone has Facebook and so this post is for everyone else out there who didn’t get a chance to listen. This is his guitar cover of the Leona Lewis song, I see you. Don’t forget to swing by and show Mattias love on his Facebook.

Back in October we shared another cover of I see you, performed by Julia Westlin. Check that post out HERE.

Eana Mokri-The Learn Na’vi podcast

Eana Mokri-The Learn Na’vi podcast

Hey everyone, just a friendly reminder that Eana Mokri has put out a new podcast this week, Episode 22. If you’re sitting around stuck inside or like me and love to listen to podcasts while you’re mowing I highly recommend giving it a listen.

https://eanamokri.learnnavi.org/

If you are a long time reader of the site you may remember reading about the podcast about a year and a half ago, for the old article click here- http://avatarsequels.com/two-new-avatar-podcasts/

And as always if you are interested in learning more about the Na’vi language check out- https://learnnavi.org/ where you can find a link to their discord and forum to interact with other fans.

Pandora-The World of Avatar Wishables update

Pandora-The World of Avatar Wishables update

So a quick follow up to my last post, the Pandora Wishables are sold out online and I don’t believe they will be showing back up for sale from Shop Disney. However I heard there will be more released at the parks once the Disney Parks reopen. I also found out what the two variant Wishables are. They are both color variants of the blue banshee (ikran). One is light green with blue stripes, the other is a wild combination of purple, orange, and green, and looks like it was inspired by the Night Blossom drink that is featured at the park.

Pandora-The World of Avatar releases new merchandise

Pandora-The World of Avatar releases new merchandise

While the many Disney parks may be closed that hasn’t stopped Disney from rolling out some new merchandise. To kick off April Shop Disney is releasing some Pandora figures in their Wishables line. If you are new to Disney’s Wishables, they are small plush figures sometimes available as a single figure or also in blind bags where you can open one of several in a line. The Pandora line is all between 5-6 inches and includes 5 unique figures and two variants of the figures that aren’t yet known. You can purchase either, The Shaman of Songs, who is available individually, or you can get the blind bags, which includes a chance at a hexapede, viperwolf, banshee, or Na’vi sentry, and two mystery variants. These are listed as a “Limited Release” however I don’t know exact numbers.

As you can see from the links above these seem to have all sold out on the first day. I’ll be reaching out to Disney to see if more will be available or if that was it. I’ll update the post accordingly.

Pandora-The World of Avatar empty as seen from an ikran

Pandora-The World of Avatar empty as seen from an ikran

Check out this amazing photo of Pandora from an ikrans eye view. The only thing missing…all the guests. Disney has closed all it’s parks due to the COVID-19 virus and this photo just shows how empty Pandora is these days. If you want more information on the Disney closures check out this write up by Walt Disney World News Today. One thing I spy are the three Sagittaria in their pond. They look like they are ready to squirt some water at guests once again. Do you spy any stingbats (Na’vi name-riti) roosting on the mountains, or even a Na’vi lurking about? I for one would love to explore Pandora with a few close friends and no other guests, that would be a dream.

Photo Copyright @bioreconstruct

As always click on the photo for a full size view, and be sure to check out Bioreconstruct on twitter to see more of the epic Disney photos he has taken from the skies, including more pictures of Pandora- https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy with plenty of supplies. Don’t forget to limit exposure to others as much as possible.

 

Update on Avatar live action filming from Jon Landau

Update on Avatar live action filming from Jon Landau

 

I applaud the decision makers at Lightstorm for doing the right thing. They want to get Avatar 2 and all the sequels out more than anyone, this is how they stay in business after all. However it sounds like they are making the best decision for the whole team staying in LA and working from there. I think it’s great they considered everyone families as well. After all these are just people, they may be struggling finding food or supplies just like the rest of us, they may be dealing with friends and family who have the virus. How can one pour their whole self into a movie when your family is thousands of miles away quarantined or even worse. If you follow any of the cast and crew on the various social media platforms send them a thoughtful message, they’ll probably appreciate it. It’s a great time to share love and compassion with one another, everyone has a lot on their plate to deal with right now.

Follow Jon on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JonLandauLA/

Avatar Sequel filming in New Zealand delayed due to Covid-19

Avatar Sequel filming in New Zealand delayed due to Covid-19

Jon Landau spoke to the New Zealand Herald about the live action filming delay,

“If I told you we are going to know something in two weeks I’d be lying. I might not be wrong – even a broken clock is right twice a day. But I would be lying because I don’t know.

“We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.

“We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve.”

Jon also went on to say that they would be reassessing the delay daily, and that they are trying to do whats in the best interest of the crew. He also said that even though there is a delay they will be working on getting as many minutes of film as possible to WETA who is working on all the digital effects.

You can read the full article here- NZ Herald

There is no official word yet if this will lead to another delay in the release of Avatar 2 which is currently slated for release on December 17th, 2021.

Pandora temporarily closing due to COVID-19

Pandora temporarily closing due to COVID-19

Photo Copyright: Matthew Cooper

 

Walt Disney world along with 11 other Disney properties are closing or have already closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. For Pandora (Disney World) it will be closed at the end of business hours March 15th and will stay closed through the rest of March. At that time things will be reevaluated and we will either see the park reopen or it will continue on closed until officials think public health isn’t at a significant risk by being reopened.

Most of us are already being effected by the virus indirectly, from toilet paper and hand sanitizer being scare to large runs on food and medicines. One of my good friends in the Avatar community who is Italian already has relatives with the virus and is quarantined to their home. It may not be bad in your country or area yet but stay alert to whats going on and prepare the best you can, it is spreading rapidly. It’s a great time to help one another out, and have patience with others if you are out getting food or supplies. The virus is affecting our normal daily lives either directly or indirectly and will be doing so even more in the coming days and weeks. There is lot of great information on what you can best do, I’ll share some links and hopefully it will be of some help to someone.

To show some sobering facts, as I write this article on 3/14/20 we have 142,649 confirmed worldwide cases, 5,393 deaths, affecting 135 countries. I’ll share the current statistics from the top ten countries that visit this site. The USA currently has 1,678 cases and 41 deaths. The UK has 802 cases and 10 deaths. Spain has 4,231 cases and 120 deaths. Italy has 17,660 cases and 1,268 deaths. The Netherlands has 804 cases and 10 deaths. Germany has 3,062 cases and 6 deaths. Canada has 176 cases and 1 death. France has 3,640 cases and 79 deaths. Russia has 34 cases and 0 deaths. India has 82 cases and 2 deaths. Australia has 197 cases and 3 deaths. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected, hopefully we can overcome this very soon.

CDC Website for more information on the virus-

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

WHO website-

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Map using WHO statistics showing the infections across the world-

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

Avatar 2 Concept Art by Dylan Cole

Avatar 2 Concept Art by Dylan Cole

Also unveiled at CES 2020 by James Cameron is our first official images of concept art for Avatar 2 by artist Dylan Cole. We’ve been hearing that Avatar 2 will be heavily featuring the oceans of Pandora, and these images only reinforce that. They are quite stunning and I am more excited than ever to travel back to Pandora.

I am certain this first image is of Jake and Neytiri. Jake being an Avatar has a different body build than the Na’vi males. Here you can see how muscular this male is, who also seems to be wearing Jake’s warrior outfit. This also looks like a Neytiri model that’s been used before, and is also the one Sideshow collectibles used to create a statue of (they used the image reversed, bow in the left hand). The biggest difference being they altered where her left arm is, putting it behind Jake in this instance. I’ll include a picture of the sideshow statue I’m referencing at the end of the post. Also I really like those trees we see in the top left, I love the huge exposed roots.

This image is my favorite of the 4 we received. I’d love to know what clan this is. My first thought was this is the Tayrangi, and I’ll share why. Per www.avatar.com “Like the Kekunan, the Tayrangi are expert banshee riders. What sets them apart, however, is how the clan has adapted this relationship to its coastal surroundings. Rather than hunt game from the air, Kekunan-style, the Tayrangi will ride their banshees out over the waters of the Easter Sea to catch aquatic animals. This means they have a deep knowledge of both the air and the sea, including underwater migratory and feeding patterns. As masters of their coastal territory, they are also some of the strongest swimmers on Pandora, and revere many of the large aquatic predators in their midst.” From only having a single picture to go off of this seems like it could be the Tayrangi clan. Again this photo shows the trees I really liked in the first picture, the color of the sea is so beautiful.

Again we see that same model of Neytiri as the first image overlooking what appears to be rock type formations that go into the sea. We see two Na’vi possible spear fishing, I wonder if these are two of Jake and Neytiri’s children or members of the Metkayina reef clan. I really look forward to seeing the sea’s of Pandora all lit up with bioluminescence at night time.

I think this is my second favorite picture of the new art. Again I feel like that male on the right is Jake, with the extremely muscular torso and I believe a Na’vi male opposite of him. What is super cool is seeing them riding an ilu. If you are unfamiliar with the ilu, I’ll share what little information we have on it so far at the end of the post. This makes me think this is Jake with a member of the Metkayina clan. I love seeing the floating coastal rocks, they are a little different than the floating mountains we’ve seen, but very cool regardless.

This is the LSF Neytiri statue from Sideshow, which was based on concept art from the original Avatar and has the same pose as Neytiri in these pictures, with the image reversed.

As of now this is the only official information we have on the ilu creatures, it comes from an Avatar guide that was given out at Pandora-The World of Avatar.