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Why Lightstorm moved to MBS

Why Lightstorm moved to MBS

I recently came across an article in the LA Times from back in 2011 that has a lot of really interesting information about Lightstorm and why James Cameron and Jon Landau decided on Manhattan Beach Studios as the home for the Avatar sequels. Thought I would share it, hope everyone enjoys and learns something new. Just click the link below for the article.

On Location: James Cameron to produce next two “Avatar” films at Manhattan Beach studio

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Issue #2 releases tomorrow

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Issue #2 releases tomorrow

Don’t forget that tomorrow, (February 13th, 2019) is the release of issue two of Dark Horse Comics new Avatar series. Just the same as issue one, it will feature two covers, the first by Doug Wheatley, and the the variant by Shea Standefer.

Doug Wheatley cover

Shea Standefer variant cover

You can purchase both copies at your local comic store, online, or digitally.

I use TFAW for my physical copies, depending how far in advance you pre-order they will typically have the issues for 10 or 20% off and are well packed in a thick envelope. You can click here to order —> TFAW

If you’d like to purchase digitally I recommend one of two ways. You can use Comixology which is now a part of Amazon. They are full priced but you can read them via their app or with your PC, both of which work great. You can purchase from them here —> Comixology

The second way I recommend reading them digitally is via Dark Horse directly. It works almost exactly like Comixology, the issues will be fully priced but you can again read them via PC or on their app. You can purchase from Dark Horse here—> Dark Horse

If you would like to purchase them locally here is a locater thats very simple to use to help you find comic shops nearest you. Comic Shop Locator

Two New Avatar Podcasts

Two New Avatar Podcasts

Good news Avatar fans. Last week on Discord I learned not one, but two new Avatar podcasts were launching. I don’t know about you but I love to listen to a good podcast, and it’s been years since I’ve had an Avatar related one to check out. So I wanted to share how you can also listen to them for yourself.

The first one I heard about is called “Eana Mokri” and you can find out more information about the podcast on the Learn Na’vi forums by clicking HERE.

Direct links to listen to this podcast are…

Podomatic

Spotify

YouTube

The second podcast I learned about it is from Tirea Aean and Tsyili, who are working on a Na’vi only podcast called “kelku ikranä a hawnventi yom” which can be heard at this link…

https://tirearadio.com/podcast/

You can learn more about this podcast by also checking out the Learn Na’vi forums and clicking HERE.

Pandora: The World of Avatar Soundtrack Released Today

Pandora: The World of Avatar Soundtrack Released Today

Disney has finally released the official soundtrack from Pandora. You can now listen to some of the beautiful music featured at the park. It includes songs heard on the two main rides, Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, plus additional tracks featured at Pongu Pongu and Satu’li Canteen. For only $9.99 you can own the album yourself by going to iTunes. The music was composed by the late James Horner and Simon Franglen who both worked on the Avatar soundtrack released in 2009.

The track list-

  1. Flight of Passage Ride Through – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  2. Na’vi River Journey Ride Through – Sandra Benton
  3. Pandora Walk Through – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  4. The Shaman Call (from Windtraders) – Simon Franglen
  5. Magic of the Land (from Windtraders) – James Horner
  6. Spirits of Mo’ara (from Windtraders) – James Horner
  7. Raggatar (from Satu’li Canteen) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  8. Shaman of the Souls (from Satu’li Canteen) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  9. Surf’s Up (from Satu’li Canteen) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  10. Bossa (from Pongu Pongu) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  11. Surf’s Up (from Pongu Pongu) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
  12. Wave (from Pongu Pongu) – Simon Franglen

 

The Avatar Project from Massive Entertainment

The Avatar Project from Massive Entertainment

Official Avatar Game Announcement Trailer from March 1, 2017.

As most of you know, Ubisoft is making a new Avatar game. A lot is still unknown at this time and I’ve been seeing lots of rumors that are being spoken as if they have become fact. Ubisoft also created the first Avatar game that was released in 2009, and many people believe the same group of people are making the new game. That is false, the new game is being developed by Massive Entertainment which is a subsidiary of Ubisoft, but is not the same group who made the first game. This will be Massive Entertainments twelveth game since the studio inception in 1997. Massive is based out of Sweden. The original Avatar: The Game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal out of Canada. With that said I thought I’d make an article on what we know so far. As of now the game doesn’t have a title, they are calling it “The Avatar Project” and have a website up for the game. The website has limited information but I will link to it below. The game will be produced by Massive using the Snowdrop engine, which has been used with Ubisoft’s game The Division and The Divison II which releases next year. I purchased the Division just to see how the game was. It is a 3rd person shooter and I don’t expect much if anything will be carried over from it to Avatar, but the game was smooth and played well, and has very nice current generation graphics.

It has been announced the game will not release significantly before Avatar is released in December of 2020 and as of now, no official release date has been stated for the release. They released the first Avatar game on December 1 2009, which could give us an idea of the time frame the sequel will be released in regards to Avatar 2 coming out, however that is pure speculation. That is all we know officially so far, hopefully we will be learning more and more about the game very soon. We don’t yet know what we will even be doing in the game, but watching the trailer above would seem to imply we will get to go to Pandora and live an alternative life, and everyone gets to chose how they want to experience Pandora. Sounds very exciting to me!

Avatar Project Website

Ubisoft won’t release Avatar game before 2020

Official Press Release from Ubisoft

 

 

Avatar: Tsu’Tey’s Path Issue 2 covers revealed

Avatar: Tsu’Tey’s Path Issue 2 covers revealed

In just under two months the first of the Avatar comics will officially release and today the cover art for issue two has been shown courtesy of CBR.com Find their full article here-https://www.cbr.com/exclusive-dark-horse-covers-avatar-death-orb-umbrella-academy/

We get another beautiful standard cover from Doug Wheatley. Doug is doing the art for the standard cover on issue one, and he did all of the art on the Free Comic Book Day issue. This cover really excites me seeing Tsu’tey in action on his Pa’li heading off on some Pandora adventure. It also looks as if he’s flanked by the two young Na’vi who did Iknimaya with Jake Sully. I would love to learn the names and more about those two Na’vi. They show up all throughout Avatar but we don’t learn anything about them. They were played by Ilram Choi and Alicia Vela-Bailey respectively.

 

 

The second issue shown is another beautiful variant from Shea Standefer. Shea also is the artist on the variant cover from issue one and her art is quickly making me a huge fan of hers. She really nailed the facial likeness of Tsu’tey and Neytiri and I know that’s easier said than done.

Don’t forget to pic up your copy of issue one at your local comic book shop on January 16th, 2019. You can also pre-order online, my personal favorite shop to pre-order from is TFAW. You can pre-order from them HERE.

Avatar Sequel Titles

Avatar Sequel Titles

If you’ve followed any Avatar news within the past week you have heard about the possible Avatar Sequel titles that were leaked. Since none of us know if the titles are legit, and realizing if they are, the studio clearly wasn’t ready to share them publicly, this has kept me from covering them or sharing any opinions on them. I want to learn things about the Avatar sequels when they are shared by the studio or cast, not by an article that may or may not be true. Also if these are the current titles they very well may get changed since they were leaked. I will be fine with whatever the titles are, I’m just excited for the sequels to arrive in due time. We are still two years from the first film and James Cameron himself said that the first film or possibly first and second films need to be successful before they have the green light on the last two.

We know the story through the end of 5, where it’s all going, but there’s no activity on 4 and 5 right now other than we’ve done most of the design work,” James Cameron says. “We know what the characters and the creatures and the places and so on look like, but we don’t have any active teams building models and that sort of thing right now. Wait until we get through the first phase of production cycle.

Lets not get too far ahead of ourselves, here is the schedule as of right now for the planned sequel release dates.

Avatar 2-December 18, 2020

Avatar 3-December 17, 2021

Avatar 4-December 20, 2024

Avatar 5-December 19, 2025

Sigourney Weaver on the Avatar Sequels

Sigourney Weaver on the Avatar Sequels

For Avatar you’re playing a completely different role. Is it different for each of the four film sequels?

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.

There’s no relationship to your past character?

No, not really.

Do the four sequels play as one story together?

It’s kind of one story. They’re all independent. It works without 4 and 5, but it really is a big saga.

Why do you think the new Avatar films will change the cinema experience?

I think that because the water becomes another world. The scripts are amazing, and in the first one, which I love, I think he hadn’t set up a lot of things. In this one he got to tell this very personal story. They’re amazing. There’s a message to not sacrifice everything for greed and conquest. It will take all four movies to really make that message loud and clear for the whole world.

Will we ever see a Neill Blomkamp Alien 5 project?

We almost started to do it when I was working with James Cameron. But by the time we were put off by Fox, Neill had gotten so many jobs that we’d have to wait probably. I’m busy doing Avatar 4 and 5. I love working with Neill and I think he’d do a terrific job, and James Cameron really thinks it’s a great idea, so you never know. Right now, I think Neill’s got like three projects going at once.

This was taken from an interview done by Ariston Anderson for The Hollywood Reporter, you can find the interview in its entirety HERE.

Well that was short but sweet, but at the same time it was probably the most I’ve heard about Sigourney’s new character, while still not learning too much. When they asked point blank if there was a relationship to her past character and she said, “no, not really.” I feel like that could be telling, she could have said just no,  but no, not really, makes me think it will still be some sense of Grace. Possibly as the voice of Eywa, but that’s pure speculation on my part. I do know I am excited to find out. Comment or email us and let us know what sort of character you think Sigourney will be in the Avatar sequels, will she still have ties to Dr. Augustine? I am also curious about her comments that she’s already working on Avatar 4 and 5. There seems to be some conflicting new lately of what exactly is happening right now. Stephen Lang has said they are on break until December while editing takes place, we know live action is being filmed next year in New Zealand, so exactly where they are in the process right now is a bit murky. However they seem to be making great progress and that in itself is exciting!

Na’vi River Journey Concept Art

Na’vi River Journey Concept Art

Here is some really beautiful concept art for the Na’vi River Journey ride found in Pandora: The World of Avatar. This is the first time I’ve seen any of these and wanted to share it with everyone. These are all from Stephan Martiniere who you can follow on Instagram. It’s very interesting to see what they used from these and also what they chose not to. Check out the link below to read the thoughts and ideas behind Stephan’s work in his own words.

The World Of Avatar: Designing the Na-Vi River Journey Boat Ride

As with all of our articles, click the pictures to see the full sized versions.

Avatar: Tsu’teys path variant cover details and Cliff Curtis finished filming on sequels

Avatar: Tsu’teys path variant cover details and Cliff Curtis finished filming on sequels

As we covered in our last article there is a new Avatar comic series by Dark Horse that is releasing this coming January 16th 2019. A few days ago the website Bleeding Cool released a picture of the art for the variant cover (Cover B) of issue one from that series. It features Tsu’tey in front of a Pandoran willow tree in all of its bioluminescent glory.

All of the art we’ve seen to this point has been top notch. I am really excited about the level of detail that has gone into what they’ve shown so far, and so excited after all these years we are getting a new stream of Avatar content. Dark Horse announced the cover was the work of Shea Standefer, who can be found on Twitter and Instagram. Let her and Dark Horse know if you want to see more of her work in the future. She did an amazing job and I hope we see more from her in the Avatar comics.

On to a bit of Avatar sequel news. It was revealed today by Jon Landau on Facebook that Avatar actor Cliff Curtis wrapped his part on the sequels over a month ago. If you remember Cliff Curtis is going to be playing Tonowari who is leader of the Metkayina clan, that has been described as “reef people.” It’s awesome knowing progress has and is being made on the sequels.