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Some facts about the Avatar rerelease in China

Some facts about the Avatar rerelease in China

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) released an article today I found very interesting. First of all I’ve been seeing lots of comments about how Avatar was only released again in China to recapture the box office throne, that is false. THR had this to say about the re-release:

James Cameron only found out a few days beforehand that Avatar would be rereleased March 12 in China in a move that pushed his 2009 science-fiction epic back into the highest-grossing-film-of-all-time slot, not adjusted for inflation.

The China Film Board first reached out to Cameron and Disney in March 2020 about the possibility of rereleasing some older films as a way of encouraging theatergoing in a period when new product from both Hollywood and Chinese studios has been scant. Cameron offered Avatar and Titanic, both of which had been produced by Fox and are now owned by Disney.

While I had previously read about the plan to release Avatar last year, it’s very interesting there was almost no advance notice of the film be re-released by even James Cameron himself. It also speaks volumes how Avatar, a film that is over 11 years old, can go to the front of the worlds largest movie market with no promotion and be the countries #1 film it’s first weekend.

“Sure, it’s nice to reclaim the No. 1 spot, but what the rerelease signifies is that a 12-year-old title with no advance notice could open at No. 1 in the marketplace.”

-Jon Landau

Jon said it best, this bodes very well for the future of the Avatar sequels, and says a lot about the power on the first movie over a decade after it’s release. The movie is amazing in 3D and I’m glad the people of China are getting a chance to see it in all it’s glory once again.

The official numbers in so far is Avatar made 23.9 million from Fri-Mon, with no new numbers being available past Monday. 6.2 million were from IMAX theaters, and all showings were in 3D. I am very excited to see what Avatar can do this coming weekend, and happy to share some information to clear up some misconceptions about it’s return to Chinese theaters.

To read the full article from THR-https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/how-avatar-reclaimed-its-global-box-office-crown

 

Happy Avatar Day 2020

Happy Avatar Day 2020

Well friends today is 12/18 meaning Avatar released in 2009 in the United States 11 years ago today. I can’t believe it has already been a year since we celebrated the 10th anniversary with the official Avatar account on twitter. I am celebrating 11 years by re-watching that stream. If you missed that, or just want to go back and re-watch your favorite parts, you can still do so here- Avatar 10 Year Anniversary

I’m thankful for all the Avatar fans who are still out there, who still are waiting on the sequels, and who can’t wait to go back to Pandora. It will be worth the wait!

In the short term I am very excited for Omaticon 2021, and for the upcoming comic series, Avatar: The Next Shadow. Omaticon should be a fun online fan gathering, and The Next Shadow is the first time since 2009 we get to see what Jake, Neytiri, and the Omatikaya people have been up to since we saw them on screen. Lets hope ’21 will be a great year for us Avatar fans, and the movie theater industry can bounce back in time for the 2022 Avatar 2 release.

New photo from the sequels featuring General Ardmore and Dorman

New photo from the sequels featuring General Ardmore and Dorman

Yesterday Jon Landau dropped another fantastic behind the scenes look at a scene in the sequels. This time we get a chance to see Edie Falco and Kevin Dorman prepping for a scene on the factory ship which is called the Sea Dragon. If you’ve ever watched Whale Wars the term factory ship will have meaning for you. The real life whalers on that show use a ship called the Nisshin Maru to harvest whales after they are killed by other vessels. It is a floating whale processing factory. That makes me think this ship will be used in a similar capacity in the Pandoran waters. Perhaps we will see them harvesting the massive nalutsa, which are whale like creatures that can be seen on Flight of Passage. This picture is significant because we get to see Edie for the first time as General Ardmore. Kevin is playing an unknown character, but if you zoom in you can see they are using his actual last name of Dorman. You might remember Kevin from the first movie, he played a lot of roles but the one you might remember the best is of the remote bulldozer operator.

Some new things I noticed are the Hell’s Gate patch has been updated, which I find interesting that the pentagon design is still being used as we saw the Na’vi and Avatars had taken over Hell’s Gate. I refer to it as the Hell’s gate patch simply because it is in the shape of a pentagon, which we know Hell’s Gate was fenced off in that shape. Also General Falco has a new breast patch that says Sec-Ops and a new patch on her shoulder with what appears to be an eagle grasping a snake, on top of a pentagon with the letters BSO at the top. We also see a move away from the AVPAT camo pattern in the first movie to an even bettering looking style. Directly behind the General is stuntman Steve Brown wearing the same camo, and behind Dorman we see three more actors wearing what looks to be a more Navy styled solid blue uniform. Dorman also has some sort of metal bracelet, as does the crew member directly behind him, I’m interested to see what significance these have. My first thought was possibly these are an update on the dog tags they all wore in the fist movie. You can also see the bottom of a tattoo sticking out from under the sleeve on Dorman’s left arm, and his sidearm would appear to be a style we also haven’t seen before.

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.

Filming is back on in New Zealand

Filming is back on in New Zealand

In the last week we have received some fantastic updates from New Zealand. After their two week quarantine to make sure no one brought Covid-19 over with them, the 55 member cast and crew were allowed to start working again. Jon Landau shared these two amazing photos from the studios. If you aren’t following Jon on Facebook you are missing out. Give him a follow and a like, he’s been fantastic at sharing behind the scenes images from the sequels.

A lovely rainbow greeted them on their first day back to the studio.

This is the first shot back in production.

Plus a short video from Reuters of the cast getting back together. They revealed that 55 cast and crew came to New Zealand from the US.

Thankfully the delay was only three months and the team was able to get back to New Zealand without incident. Now they can wrap up that final push for Avatar 2. I am super excited to know that after all of the delays we’ve had over the years it looks like we dodged a Covid-19 delay for now. I can’t wait to see Avatar 2 arrive in theaters and the build up to the release.

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.
Returning to New Zealand soon to resume sequels

Returning to New Zealand soon to resume sequels

Jon Landau recently spoke to RNZ about returning to New Zealand to resume filming on the Avatar sequels and shared a wonderful tidbit of information of whats to come in Avatar 2. Here are some highlights from that interview.

Jon and a small crew will return to New Zealand next week. Upon arrival they will quarantine for two weeks. He had this to say about returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We feel very comfortable because of the actions of your government and also the responsibility the people took to really curb the virus there. So we feel we’re coming back to the safest place in the world possible thanks to a team of people that we’ve worked with. We believe we have a very thoughtful, detailed and diligent safety plan that will keep everybody as safe as possible in these unprecedented times. If there’s a silver lining to a very, very grey cloud, it’s that we live in a day and age where technology allows us to be productive, it allows us to be entertained and it allows us to socialize.”

He also left us with a fantastic bit of information on where we will find Jake and Neytiri in Avatar 2.

“This is the story of the Sully family and what one does to keep their family together. Jake and Neytiri have a family in this movie, they are forced to leave their home, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora, including spending quite a bit of time on the water, around the water, in the water. I think, why do people turn to entertainment today, more so than ever? I think it’s to escape, to escape the world we’re in, to escape the other pressures they have in their lives.”

 

You can read the interview in its entirety HERE.