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.
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…
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…
You can learn more about this podcast by also checking out the Learn Na’vi forums and clicking HERE.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
As with all of our articles, click the pictures to see the full sized versions.
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.
"Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path will tell a side story in [James Cameron's] @officialavatar universe." The upcoming comics dive into Tsu'tey's side of the story, and https://t.co/i22iCSEeuf has your first look at the variant cover for issue #1, by @shea_standefer: https://t.co/NFPJ1C5TCP pic.twitter.com/ZsVDJPWS6x
— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) October 19, 2018
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.
If you haven’t heard yet, on September 27th Dark Horse Comics announced they will be releasing a new Avatar series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path. This is the first of the upcoming Avatar comics we learned about in October of 2015. At that time James Cameron teased that the upcoming comics would tell stories from the past, present, and future of Avatar.
After that announcement we didn’t hear much else about when the comics would start happening. In December of 2016 it was announced for FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) of 2017 Dark Horse would be releasing an Avatar comic. You can read more about that in a previous article we wrote HERE. Now it seems we are finally getting into the actual story lines. I am very excited to see where the comic takes us with Tsu’tey and beyond. The FCBD issue was short but very entertaining and had really excellent art work. The upcoming Tsu’tey series is keeping the same writer (Sherri L. Smith) from that issue, and the artist (Doug Wheatley) is going to be doing the covers. However the illustrations will be from Jan Duursema, and inks by Dan Parsons, with Wes Dzioba providing colors. I thought Doug Wheatley really nailed Pandora in comic form, but after checking out the other artists work I think we will be in great hands. The first cover by Wheatley was also released when the series was announced and it’s stunning.
I cannot wait to see where this first series takes us. Even though Tsu’tey passed away I’m glad we will get to know him even better starting this January 16th!
I wanted to share a fellow Avatar fans shop, that is on Etsy. You can find it at…
She sells various items in her shop and I wanted to focus on one in particular. The adorable Na’vi babies she has. I recently purchased one and just received it this week. It was my first purchase on Etsy and from Nebgela Creations and I have to say the process was easy. I used Paypal to pay, and it was shipped right out. One thing I’ll say is be patient, the shipping from Spain to my house took three weeks, and they don’t give you many updates with the tracking number. However it did arrive in perfect shape and I was very excited to open it.
The package has arrived!
It was well wrapped with bubble wrap.
There was two envelopes as well. All done very professionally.
This was the box containing the Na’vi baby.
One envelope had a receipt from my purchase, and this one had a cool Nebgela Creations card with a very lovely note on the back that I’ll keep private, but it was a lovely touch.
Taking the box out of the bubble wrap to find this. It was wrapped in some lovely thick tissue type paper, with three bows securing it. I was really impressed with the care that went into the entire presentation.
Finally I have arrived at the box.
And opened! The baby was in there as well, he was wrapped up really well with bubble wrap. I love the glitter, it was an awesome touch and really looks cool. I also have had glitter on me somewhere ever since I opened the box.
He arrived safe! Nebgela sculpts these herself out of resin. The detail is amazing, the paint and small details are really superb. These are tiny, pictures don’t do it justice to how small the details are.
He has a new home on my top Avatar shelf.
Here is a shot for fun and to show the size with the 7″ Mattel Movie Masters Neytiri.
The plants really glow under a blacklight, just as if you were on Pandora.
My Na’vi baby ended up about 1 7/8″ I couldn’t be happier with the purchase. If you see anything on her site you want just let Nebgela know, she’s great to work with.