How cool is this? Jon Landau gives us a short preview of the water tank we’ve heard so much about, and we learn some of the cast and crew is back working in LA on a short little under water shoot. Even thought it is super short, I am happy to hear the first update we have had in quite awhile.
Live Action Filming on the sequels is about to begin in New Zealand
Hey guys! First of all let me say, this is a very exciting time for us Avatar fans, as motion capture has wrapped up we now are moving to the next phase, live action filming. As with the first Avatar the cast and crew is going to be doing live action filming at Stone Creek Studios. Jon Landau has been sharing some new and exciting photos of himself, James Cameron, and some of the cast and crew who are already in New Zealand preparing to shoot. Besides the first Avatar, Stone Creek Studios has also hosted production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy. Being in New Zealand helps James Cameron and crew be close to Weta Digital as well, who is currently working on the VFX for Avatar 2 and 3.
The World of Avatar : A Visual Celebration by Joshua Izzo
There is a new Avatar book coming called The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration, it is set to be released on October 1st of this year. The title may be a bit confusing as we already have the theme park Pandora-The World of Avatar, but this is totally separate from that. Here is a description of the book from the publisher Penguin Random House.
About The World of Avatar
Return to Pandora in this exciting celebration of the ten year anniversary of Avatar‘s release
Celebrate the first decade of James Cameron’s Avatar and the beginnings of an epic cinematic journey. Delve into the majestic world of Pandora and discover the incredible wealth of creativity that led this story to become the highest-grossing film of all time and the winner of three Academy Awards.
The World of Avatar celebrates, explores and explains the spectacular world of Pandora-its extraordinary geology, flora and fauna, and the customs and beliefs of its people, the mysterious Na’vi. The book uniquely covers key content from all aspects of the burgeoning franchise. It combines original movie stills and artwork with stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired show Toruk: The First Flight; Disney World’s Pandora-The World of Avatar; and the 2019 Dark Horse comic book series Tsu’tey’sPath.
Concluding with a preview of a new Avatar era, this rich, in-world guide will fuel excitement for the long-awaited release of Avatar 2 in December 2020.
It looks pretty cool to me, and I love Avatar books, so I am very excited to pick this us. You can pre-order it now from Amazon for $19.99 at the link below.
There has been several new updates to the sequels in February and March. Two new actors have been announced. Brenden Cowell as Mick Scoresby, a captain of a large-scale marine hunting vessel on Pandora, and Edie Falco as General Ardmore, the Commander in charge of the RDA’s interests. Also this past Thursday 3/28/19 Jon Landau announced the 2nd unit tank work was completed. It really feels like things are getting buttoned up on the Avatar motion/performance capture front. Live action is rumored to begin in May, so that is fast approaching.
I share this post from Jon Landau because in the comments I saw something very interesting to me, because it is something I have wondered about for a long time…
I noticed Jon only replied to this one comment out of 48. So it’s not like he was under any expectation to answer this, so I take this at face value. It’s very interesting that a composer hasn’t been chosen yet, but I am positive that Jon and Jim will find the best one for their vision. I am very sad James Horner passed away, his music was truly a masterpiece in the first film.
Over time I’ve noticed lots of awesome pictures on Instagram of Avatar inspired fans who are really showcasing some amazing makeup skills. I’ve seen any where from people doing it for fun, to practicing for Halloween, to actual makeup professionals doing tutorials. I reached out to the creators behind some of my favorite pictures for permission to re-post their work, and here are the results in no particular order. You can follow any of these talented ladies on Instagram by clicking their username under each photo. What I love the most is they all have their own unique take, yet they are all really awesome in their own right.
Here is a big thank you to each artist for allowing me to share their work with you all. Feel free to give them a follow or hope on and give them some likes and show them support. As always you can find this blog on Instagram as well at AvatarSequelsdotcom or follow me personally at Wameyn.
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.
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
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.
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-
Flight of Passage Ride Through – James Horner & Simon Franglen
Na’vi River Journey Ride Through – Sandra Benton
Pandora Walk Through – James Horner & Simon Franglen
The Shaman Call (from Windtraders) – Simon Franglen
Magic of the Land (from Windtraders) – James Horner
Spirits of Mo’ara (from Windtraders) – James Horner
Raggatar (from Satu’li Canteen) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
Shaman of the Souls (from Satu’li Canteen) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
Surf’s Up (from Satu’li Canteen) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
Bossa (from Pongu Pongu) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
Surf’s Up (from Pongu Pongu) – James Horner & Simon Franglen
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!