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Newest Avatar sequel updates

Newest Avatar sequel updates

Jon Landau keeps posting fantastic updates and pictures from the Avatar sequels on his Facebook, if you aren’t following him directly, I highly suggest it.

https://www.facebook.com/JonLandauLA/

He most recently showed us a picture of the Sully family. If you aren’t aware in the sequels we are going to meet Jake and Neytiri’s family. Which consists of-

Jamie Flatters: Neteyam (neh-tay’-ahm), Jake and Neytiri’s first born son.
Britain Dalton: Lo’ak (loh’ ahk), Jake and Neytiri’s second born son.
Trinity Bliss: Tuktirey: (took-tee’-ray), goes mostly by “Tuk” (rhymes with “nuke”). She is youngest of the Sully family.

Jon’s post seems to indicate this is the Sully family. But what we’ve been told in the past was that Jack Champion (4th from left) is playing Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at Hell’s Gate but prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate. So I am now curious if Jack replaced Trinity Bliss in the Sully family or is this just a bit misleading? It’s quite possible Jack just happened to be with the group when the picture was taken and no character changes have been made.

The next update we received from Jon was about three members of the Metkayina Clan. The known members of the Metkayina Clan so far are-

Cliff Curtis: Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina Clan.
Bailey Bass: Tsireya (see-ray’-ah), aka “Reya.” She is a graceful and strong free-diver – the young Neytiri of the ocean.
Filip Geljo: Aonung (aw-nung’), a young male hunter/free-diver. Son of Tonowari.
Duane Evans Jr.: Rotxo (row’-txoh), a young male hunter/free-diver.

 

Up next is a photo Jon describes as JC and Sigourney discussing a recent dive. I am very curious what role Sigourney is going to play in the sequels. Is Grace alive in Eywa, is she a whole new character, will she just be around for some flashbacks? No matter what it is, it would seem she could be playing a large role going forward in the sequels.

 

Jon’s next post thanks the previously mentioned Jack Champion on completing his live action shots. This makes me lean towards the fact they didn’t change his role as Spider, a human, and he just so happened to be with the Sully family for the picture above. Or possibly he becomes an adopted part of the Sully family at some point. It seems we will have to wait to find out. Either way it’s really remarkable the transformation he made while working on the sequels.

 

Now this next post really excites me. I love seeing the sets and this is right up my alley. How awesome is this place? Described as the “High Camp Bio Lab,” I can’t wait to learn more about what High Camp is and who all is going to be working in this lab. I spot what looks like an Avatar tank, a couple of link beds, on the far right of the photo with JC you can read some of the words on the pictures. One photo says Hell’s Gate Bio Lab, one says Link Shack, and shows a photo of what appears to be Grace in human form. Lots of really interesting things going on here.

 

The next post was of a new vehicle we will be seeing. I’ve heard it called the Amp suit of the seas. In the first movie we had Sec-Ops, and this appears to have Cet-Ops on it. Very curious how this will be used. This particular version doesn’t appears to have any weapons, so possibly a mining vessel? Either way it will be cool to see more of it. Even cooler when the Na’vi light a few on fire.

 

This next post made me happy. It’s great seeing the cast and crew getting to see some of their hard word translated into a near final version. I know they are working lots of long and hard days and have been for months and even years. We still have quite awhile before we get to see all their work so I am sure it’s a huge boost getting to see a small part of it themselves. To everyone contributing to the movie, AvatarSequels.com says thank you!

 

Joe Rogan on Avatar and Post Avatar Depression

Joe Rogan on Avatar and Post Avatar Depression

I just came across this recently, as a fan of Joe I found it really interesting to hear what he had to say about the movie and how it impacted viewers. Rob Lowe also shares a very interesting story involving Jim Cameron. Language not appropriate for all ages, hope you enjoy!

Behind the Curtain of Toruk-The First Flight

Behind the Curtain of Toruk-The First Flight

Embark on TORUK – The First Flight, this Friday, Aug 7th at 3pm ET as this Behind-The-Curtain #CirqueConnect special takes you to new heights. Explore the ins and outs of this spectacle inspired by James Cameron’s film AVATAR and watch how these artists morph into Na’vi characters.

I hope you all enjoy this video uploaded by Cirque, it has a lot of the same content as the Documentary that is on the DVD, but this is a bit longer and has some things I hadn’t seen before. If you are a fan of Toruk you will enjoy this!

AvatarSequels.com turned 2 this week

AvatarSequels.com turned 2 this week

I just wanted to say thank you for everyone who visits the site, who sends me messages, who gives me feedback. The site celebrated it’s 2nd birthday this week and I wanted to share some statistics with everyone. Trust me this isn’t to brag as this is a very small site, but I wanted to show everyone who visits that Avatar still has a following globally. The site has no advertising, you can find it through search engines, word online/of mouth, and on Instagram and Facebook. With that limited exposure we’ve still reached a lot of Avatar fans these last couple of years.

There have been 7,403 unique visitors from 125 countries, here are the 10 countries where the most visitors come from-

  1. US (from all 50 states and Washington DC)
  2. UK
  3. Netherlands
  4. Canada
  5. Germany
  6. Russia
  7. India
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Spain

So thank you to everyone who has and will visit, I keep this site going as a labor of love for the world that James Cameron created. It’s something I enjoy working on in my free time and hopefully share some things that people enjoy.

Another Avatar Touring exhibition in the works

Another Avatar Touring exhibition in the works

According to Joe Kleiman at IPM, Cityneon has acquired the multi-year global rights for an Avatar exhibition based on Avatar. They will be working along side Disney and Lightstorm entertainment.

We are honored to work with Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment. All of us share the same vision of bringing these experiences alive with artistry and inventiveness. We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration. There’s a lot of anticipation for the film’s first sequel, and we’re excited to be part of the global effort to complement the film’s release with a truly immersive experience for fans in various markets.

-Ron Tan, Cityneon

Our powerful new relationship with Cityneon for this global touring exhibition will play a key role in our continuing expansion of the reach and impact of the AVATAR franchise around the world.

-Kathy Franklin, Lightstorm Entertainment

I have to say even with limited details this sounds quite exciting. A couple of similar endeavors have proceeded Cityneon in creating an Avatar touring exhibition. Originally there was Avatar- The Exhibition, an interactive collaboration between Belle and Wissell Co, the EMP Musuem, and 20th Century Fox. That exhibit started in 2011 and ran through 2014. It spent over a year at it’s initial location, the EMP Musuem in Seattle, then toured only 5 cities between the USA and Canada. After it ended an international exhibit called Avatar- Discover Pandora opened in 2016 and ran until 2019.  Again with limited cities. So I hope this new exhibit will be able to be more mobile and hopefully reach a lot of cities across the world. It is excited thinking of what all they will come up with for the next exhibit.

Happy 3 years to Pandora and Disney reopening dates

Happy 3 years to Pandora and Disney reopening dates

Happy 3 years to Pandora-The World of Avatar. I can’t believe it’s already been three years, in that short of time the park has been directly hit by hurricane Irma, subsequently closing for two days, and is currently closed do to the COVID-19 pandemic. However there is some promising news which I’ll get to shortly. I wanted to send a big irayo to all the cast and crew who’ve worked at Pandora and helped bring the area to life. I enjoyed watching the online updates in the years leading up to the Pandora addition and when I got the chance to visit it didn’t let me down. In fact it took all my expectations and blew them out of the water. Here is to many more birthdays for Pandora, and less disasters in the future.

Also I wanted to mention, starting July 11th Pandora/Animal Kingdom will begin a phased reopening process. According to CNN, Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its parks, including the following-

  • Employees and guests will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks.
  • Disney will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds
  • The resort will also enable cashless transactions by expanding contactless payments.
  • Disney will also increase the number of available hand-sanitizing stations.
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.

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.

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.