Well we made it to 2020! We are a little less than two years away from Avatar 2 and I’m excited to see what’s in store for this coming year. I know to the casual observer Avatar is currently in hiatus until closer until Avatar 2 drops, but when you look back at 2019 there were several nice Avatar experiences that happened or were continuing from previous years.
Starting in January we got the first issue of Tsu’tey’s Path from Dark Horse comics. In all the series spanned 6 issues and lasted until August.
- We also saw the end of Toruk-The First Flight from Cirque su Soleil, the show lasted from December 2015 until June of 2019. Some of the final show was even broadcast live on Facebook by Cirque.
- For the holidays, Pandora-The World of Avatar, got into the spirit by decorating the land with lights and ornaments.
- Plus most recently in December we had the 10 year anniversary celebration of Avatar. The celebration included cast and crew interviews, Pandora/Disney offering limited edition merchandise and cupcakes, and a social media celebration of the film.
So while we are all waiting for the big release of Avatar 2 on 12/17/21 (only 715 days away), there have been things to keep us in the world of Avatar and revisiting Pandora. I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings us.
Today is also an extra special day for me as it’s my personal 10 year anniversary of seeing Avatar for the first time.
Direct link to the twitter feed- Avatar Live Feed
Schedule for the rest of the day-
Also if you miss something they are showing the previously shown live video in a loop after it ends. so don’t worry it should be easy to catch anything you miss live.
Just one last reminder to tune in on twitter at midnight EST at the following link- https://twitter.com/officialavatar
Happy 10 years!!!
What the Disney-Fox deal means for Avatar and Star Wars
Very interesting article from Forbes, written by Scott Mendelson outlining some positives to Disney having Avatar in their stable. I know some people have some worries, and others are quite happy with this deal. I hope this article can help give a little piece of mind about the merger. Even though the Star Wars acquisition hasn’t gone as well as a lot of people would have liked I think the big difference here is James Cameron hasn’t sold the rights to Avatar. It’s still his baby, he’s still in control and ultimately decides whats best for the sequels. Star Wars is under a totally different set of circumstances with George Lucas selling it and moving on.
- Filming officially started the end of September 2017
- Filming is currently being done at Lightstorm Entertainment in Manhattan Beach
- Filming will move to New Zealand for live action shots (rumored to be in early 2018)
- Four sequels are planned, however the last two depend on how sequels 2 and 3 do at the box office
- James Cameron likened the sequels to a family drama, similar to the Godfather.
So to dive into a few key things we know so far, filming began last year at Lightstorm and is currently ongoing. That is important, there has been a lot of frustrated people because they’ve heard so many different dates over the years of when Avatar 2 will officially arrive. It’s important to keep in mind that the current date of December 18th, 2020 hasn’t change since filming started. All the other dates that have been throw out were seemed to be best guesses at the time, this is much more solid.
It’s also interesting that Zoe Saldana already finished her role in Avatar 2 and 3 a month ago. I have a few ideas on this, one her character may not show up as much in the sequels, or she could even possibly die, both I think are doubtful. What I feel like is far more likely is she has other roles coming up and her availability was limited. While she was there they knocked out her performance and finished with her before the rest of the cast. Also since it is mocap they could be using other people to do Neytiri’s scenes where she isn’t speaking.
Just as Avatar went to New Zealand for the live action portion of filming, also production heads there for Avatar 2 and 3. I think this is a great thing, with WETA being heavily involved with Avatar its great they can be close in case any issues come up with their collaboration. While it’s not necessary for them to be close to the production sometimes face to face interactions and meetings can really take things to the next level.
I’m really excited we are getting Avatar 2 and 3 for sure. I am not worried about the box office, Avatar resonated with people and James Cameron has taken his time to get exactly what he wants out of the sequels. To me that is the ultimate recipe for success. I believe we will see Avatar 4 and 5 in the future, but only time will tell for sure. Cameron has stated the sequels will be more of a family drama, with each film being able to stand alone yet having tying in to one larger story arch. I am very interested to see what Cameron does with this family drama, and the younger cast that comes along with it. That reminds me of the deleted scene (see below) that can be seen of Neytiri that insinuated she was pregnant at the end of the first movie. Soon we will get to explore that story line.
Well in 889 more days I know where I will be! In some ways it feels like just around the corner, in others it seems almost as far away as Pandora.
Kaltxì, and welcome to our new Avatar site. We hope to keep everyone updated on all things Avatar. The focus will always be on the movies first and foremost, but we don’t want to leave out the other fun things such as Toruk-The First Flight, and Pandora-The World of Avatar.
I hope you enjoy this ride with us!