After the tragic passing of James Horner in 2015 we wondered who would, who could, replace his work on the Avatar sequels. We now have official word from Jon Landau that it will be Simon Franglen. If you aren’t familiar with Simon’s work or are worried how he will stack up to the legendary music Horner produced, look no further than Pandora-The World of Avatar. Simon co-composed the soundtrack that plays in the park with James Horner, and it is incredible. He may not be the flashy name of the most well known music composers some fans hoped for, but I truly think Simon is the best choice for Avatar, I am really excited to have this officially confirmed.
Check out his work on the Pandora soundtrack for yourself-
Simon worked closely with James Horner on Titanic before Avatar, this is what he had to say about the first time they met, which was to work on titanic.
He asked me to come work with him on Titanic because I had a skill set that included the way I used synthesizers at the time — it was somewhat different than most people. He had a longtime collaborator, Ian Underwood, who is one of the heroes of film music as far as I’m concerned, who had been his synthesist. I feel I brought in a slightly different feel — coming from pop music, it had a record-based edge to it.
The next time was when he asked me to come see five minutes of another film … which was Avatar. I looked at that and decided it was going to change the world and I ought to be involved. And from that point on we just worked very closely. In recent years I became his score producer and arranger and that was an evolution that happened because we had a really good working relationship and became really close friends. We had a great team as well. Teams are underrated in music and I think in this case there was an incredible set of people who enjoyed each others’ company and James was crucial to that.
I trust Jon Landau and James Cameron’s vision for Avatar, by selecting someone who has worked with closely with James Horner on multiple projects including the first Avatar I think we can feel assured we are in good hands moving forward. Congratulations to Simon Franglen, I can’t wait to hear what you come up with when we revisit Pandora in 472 days.
While many elements of the Avatar universe come from the film and it’s narrative, not everything is seen in the film. One such example is the subject of today’s video which made it’s debut in the original Avatar game and continued over into the Mattel toy line. Today we shall be taking a look to see why the Grinder was such an important part of the RDA’s forces on Pandora!
While Avatar has branched out into many areas over the past decade, one it has still yet to explore is Tabletop RPG’s. With the boom in popularity for D&D I believe it’s time we were able to explore Pandora to it’s fullest in this way. Today I take a look at why I believe an Avatar RPG would work perfectly for the universe James Cameron has created.
The Kenten, known as the Fan Lizard to most only had a short appearance in the film but still managed to leave an impact on the universe and animal life of Avatar. Today I take a look at what makes this small lizard so interesting to the ecosystem of Pandora!
With the last few months of the year slowly approaching, the release of Avatar 2 grow closer and closer. With the release just under a year and half away thoughts might turn to when will we see a trailer. Today I wanted to give my thoughts on when we might get our first glimpse at the film and return to Pandora.
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Another great video from Pandora Explored. In this one he highlights how special of a community the Avatar fandom is. I know the nice things he had to say about Avatar Sequels was extremely touching, and I have enjoyed getting to know him better over the last few months. I also really enjoy watching his informative and thoughtful videos. If you’d like to follow Pandora Explored, just follow the links to his social media accounts-TwitterRedditYouTube
Earlier this week we showcased some beautiful Avatar art by Iris-Lisette Tamm, she had been filling my Twitter with lots of great Avatar art recently. Well another artist has been filling my feed on Instagram with a mixture of traditional and digital Avatar art. Meet Romina_1984, she hails from Germany and has been posting some really cool edited photos of herself and her sister on Pandora as well. You can see those and more of her art on Instagram and Twitter. Drop by and show her some love on her photos.
I love consuming Avatar content, whether it be from comics, books, the internet, or simply watching Avatar. There has been a lot more released over the years than a lot of casual fans realize, however as it’s been over a decade since Avatar the movie released. The flow of new content currently is fairly sparse, so I’m always on the lookout for new outlets. I recently saw a link to a YouTube channel called Pandora Explored. After checking it out I found out it’s a new channel that has been sharing Avatar videos, and doing so frequently. The videos are entertaining, informative, and of a high quality, which is why I am now sharing them here. As Pandora Explored releases a new video I’ll be sharing the embedded YouTube video here on AvatarSequels. The goal is to help the channel reach more Avatar fans, and to help Pandora Explored grow his channel. Plus it’s always fun finding and sharing new Avatar content. Big irayo to Pandora Explored for all the hard work he’s putting in, check out his channel, give his videos some likes, comments, and a thumbs up. You can follow Pandora Explored on Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube.
I wanted to share some really great Avatar art that has been showing up on my Twitter feed lately. Some are digital, and some hand drawn, but I thought it was all so excellent that other Avatar fans deserved to check it out as well. These are just some of her great pieces, you’ll have to check out her personal social media to see it all. You can find her at-