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CinemaCon Recap-Avatar and Avatar 2 news

CinemaCon Recap-Avatar and Avatar 2 news

Here is a CinemaCon review of the Avatar 2 panel. If you’d like to read more about the details of the panel or the Avatar theater re-release I’ll link a couple more articles below. Some really exciting stuff announced today, however no trailer is available for the public just yet.

• Avatar 2 has an official title, Avatar:The Way of Water

• A trailer was shown to the audience, however it’s not available to the public yet

•The trailer had very little dialogue and showed various world elements of Pandora and a lot of underwater footage 

•The trailer will be shown before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, premiering May 6th

•It’s expected the trailer will be shown online a week after Doctor Strange debuts

• The film is set a decade after the first film

• James Cameron prepared a prerecorded video in which he expressed excitement for the world to see the sequel film

• Jon Landau was in attendance and spoke about Jake and Neytiri’s family being the focus of the sequels

• Avatar will re-release into theaters on September 23rd with remastered audio and video

• Avatar:TWOW will release on December 16th

https://gizmodo.com/avatar-2-trailer-description-the-way-of-water-cinemacon-1848849670

https://www.ign.com/articles/avatar-2-is-officially-titled-avatar-the-way-of-water-remastered-avatar-1-hits-theaters-in-september

Avatar 2 trailer and footage expected at CinemaCon

Avatar 2 trailer and footage expected at CinemaCon

“Expect teasers and footage for Avatar 2 (yes, it’s really happening).”

-The Hollywood Reporter

Source-

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/cinemacon-box-office-recovery-summer-films-1235128586/

For several years we have gotten new updates and information about Avatar and it’s upcoming sequels from CinemaCon, directly from James Cameron and Jon Landau. Well it looks like this year we are getting something even better, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter we are supposed to get a trailer and footage from Avatar 2. CinemaCon isn’t months away, or even weeks away, it starts next week! It starts this coming Monday, April 25th, and runs through Thursday the 28th. It is the official Con of The National Association of Theater Owners and is held in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. This also will help us needlessly buying a ticket to another movie just to see the new Avatar trailer. I’m excited to be able to watch it and comb through it frame by frame from the comfort of my home.

 

365 Days to go until Avatar 2

365 Days to go until Avatar 2

I first started an Avatar 2 countdown timer on an old Avatar forum I created back on November 26th, 2013. 3,307 days before Avatar 2 will release. Of course at that time we thought Avatar 2 was coming much sooner, however I am super excited to finally be down to one year remaining. A single year for an Avatar fan is nothing. I’m really excited to see what else pops up in this next year, good times lie ahead for us Avatar fans.

Don’t forget tomorrow Entertainment Weekly will release with an exclusive sneak peek of Avatar 2, it will be available on newsstands or digitally from the following link-
https://www.magazine.store/entertainment-weekly/2022/return-of-the-matrix/

EW: James Cameron Teases Avatar Sequel

EW: James Cameron Teases Avatar Sequel

With the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly set to hit newsstands this Friday, 12/17/21, EW has released a teaser of their Avatar 2 article. I expect this teaser will end up being most of the article that will be released, but we will have to wait until Friday to find out. I’m going to go over some of the biggest things we learned, and link the article so you can check it out in it’s entirety. Along with some great new information we also got several new photos.

Director James Cameron and Edie Falco on set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“It sounds kind of nuts, the process. I mean, if Avatar hadn’t made so much damn money, we’d never do this — because it’s kind of crazy.”

-James Cameron

  • JC began planning the sequel in 2012
  • In 2013 a writing team was brought in to outline 4 stories
  • Filming started in 2017
  • The story is set 14 years after the end of the original Avatar movie
  • Jake and Neytiri have a family and much of the film centers on their children
  • Avatar 2 and 3 are mostly set in and around the ocean
  • We will meet a new reef dwelling clan, the Metkayina
  • Developed an underwater mocap system, mostly captured in a 900,000 gallon tank
  • WETA is working on the films
  • Cast trained to become free divers
  • Sigourney Weaver who is playing a still secret role, can hold her breath 6 and a half minutes
  • Kate Winslet, a Metkayina name Ronal, can hold her breath 7 and a half minutes
  • Principal photography has wrapped on Avatar 3, which is still due in 2024, WETA is in post production on some scenes
  • Avatar 4 and 5 are scheduled for 2026 and 2028
On set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“Ultimately, the sequels are a story about family, and the lengths parents will go through to keep that family together and keep them safe. I always say that Jim’s movies have universal themes — and really, there’s no more universal theme than family.”

-Jon Landau

 

Director James Cameron on set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

You can buy a copy or subscription of Entertainment Weekly at- https://www.magazine.store/entertainment-weekly/2022/return-of-the-matrix/

 

 

Total Film: Avatar Preview

Total Film: Avatar Preview

The newest Total Film magazine released today, and as promised included more information on Avatar 2. I will say the best details were included in yesterdays teaser, however we still learned some new information and they shared an amazing piece of art, and a photo that wasn’t discussed in the article, my best guess is that it is a Metkayina necklace.

The article starts off by covering the Jon Landau quotes and narrative we shared in yesterdays post. Then Jon goes on to say that the sequels are going to take advantage of HDR, a higher resolution, and brighter light levels. All with the objective to help the 3D picture look better. He emphasized that they want Avatar 2 to be an amazing cinematic experience. Landau went on to say that they aren’t out to beat Avatars box office record, they want to make a great movie people want to see in theaters.

If you want to read the whole article, you can purchase the issue digitally for $3.99-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025

(Photo Illustration by Andy Fairhurst)

 

(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)

 

 

Total Film: Avatar 2 teaser

Total Film: Avatar 2 teaser

(Image credit: Disney, Games Radar+/Total Film)

Tomorrow, 12/8/21, the magazine Total Film is set to release their January issue that includes a preview article on Avatar 2. Today a portion of that article was released as a teaser. Here are the quotes from that article, taken directly from Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau-

“The scripts are the blueprint from which we work. So a large portion of our time was writing… with the challenge that each of those four scripts had to individually resolve itself in a story that concludes with a big emotional resolution – but when you look at them as a whole, the connected story arc of all four movies creates an even larger epic saga.”

“I think the story of Avatar 2, and the strength of the story, is what Jim always does in any of his movies: he writes in universal themes that are bigger than any one genre. And if you think about this, there’s really no more universal theme than family. At the center of each of our sequels is the Sully family. What are the dynamics that parents go through to protect their family?”

“The Sullys’ idyllic life is disrupted when the RDA mining operation returns to Pandora, forcing Jake to take the family to what is perceived as a safe harbor at the reef. And when you get to the reef, there’s a clan we call the Metkayina. The Sullys are no longer in the environment that they know, the rainforest. They become the fish out of water. They become the fish out of water both culturally and just environmentally.”

Link to the preview article in it’s entirety-https://www.gamesradar.com/avatar-producer-teases-the-four-sequels-the-connected-story-arc-creates-an-even-larger-epic-saga/

Purchase a digital copy of Total Film tomorrow to read the rest of the article. Simply download the Total Film app from the iTunes App store here-https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/total-film-magazine/id451467025

 

January 22 issue of EW to give exclusive look at Avatar 2

January 22 issue of EW to give exclusive look at Avatar 2

The cover for the January 22 issue of Entertainment Weekly has been shown. Blink and you could have missed this…

Avatar 2 season is starting to ramp up, I’ll admit I have never been a subscriber of Entertainment Weekly, but I saw the issues normally debut a couple weeks before the listed cover month. So keep your eye out for this in another two weeks right at mid December. I cannot wait to see what they show us. *Update* I have confirmed this issue will release on newsstands December 17th.

You can currently subscribe to the magazine through Amazon for only $5 for your first year. Might be a great idea for the Avatar fan as EW will probably have more Avatar features in the coming months leading up to the Avatar 2 release.

https://www.amazon.com/Meredith-Corporation-Entertainment-Weekly/dp/B0037STB02

If the digital route is more your style you can download the EW app here, and will be able to purchase the issue when it drops.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/entertainment-weekly-magazine/id475466600

Here is a look at the full January 2022 cover-

Atlantis Rising on Disney+

Atlantis Rising on Disney+

I saw this info shared on Kelutral.org’s Discord server about a month ago, shared by the user Marali. There is currently a show on Disney+ called Atlantis Rising. It is a documentary that came out in 2017. Why is this relevant to Avatar? James Cameron was involved in the documentary and the first few minutes of it show some behind the scenes captured at Lightstorm. We get to see motion capture in the new volume, with Kevin Dorman and Julene Renee playing Jake and Neytiri. We even get a look at a mocap performer being an Amp Suit. Here are 10 of my favorite shots, I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.

Atlantis Rising – Disney+

Zoe Saldana’s motion capture headpiece from the first Avatar.

Kevin Dorman as Jake Sully.

James Cameron in The Volume, capturing Julene and Kevin performing as Jake and Neytiri.

A look at one of the monitors, showing Jake and Neytiri on Pandora.

More performance capture happening in The Volume.

Another look at a monitor, showing 4 views at once. Jake and Neytiri appear to be checking out a mobile link chamber unit, or as it shows on the monitor, the shack.

Kevin exercising great trigger discipline.

Julene Renee as Neytiri.

This shows how a motion capture performer is represented by an Amp Suit.

JC filming Jake and Neytiri as the Amp Suit follows them. I love how something as simple as a pool noodle can represent a branch or other obstacle.

Simon Franglen will replace James Horner on Avatar Sequels

Simon Franglen will replace James Horner on Avatar Sequels

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.

UPDATE-The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration

UPDATE-The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration

Back in May of 2019 a new Avatar book showed up on Amazon titled, The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration. At that time it was slated to be released October 1st, 2019. That was later pushed back to October of 2020 due to an Avatar 2 delay. The book has now been updated on Amazon with a current release date of March 1st, 2022. It also has been updated with a three new photos of the books pages, if you’d like to see the original photos and book summary posted on Amazon, check out our previous post from 2019- The World of Avatar: A Visual Celebration

The new book summary has also changed ever so slightly from the previous listing-

Celebrate the first decade of James Cameron’s Avatar and the beginnings of an epic cinematic journey.

Delve into the majestic world of Pandora and discover the incredible wealth of creativity that led this story to become the highest-grossing film of all time and the winner of three Academy Awards.

The World of Avatar celebrates, explores and explains the spectacular world of Pandora – its extraordinary geology, flora and fauna, and the customs and beliefs of its people, the mysterious Na’vi. The book uniquely covers key content from all aspects of the burgeoning franchise. It combines original movie stills and artwork with stunning imagery from Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired show Toruk: The First Flight; Disney World’s Pandora–The World of Avatar; and the Dark Horse comic book series Tsu’tey’s Path.

Concluding with a preview of a new Avatar era, this rich, in-world guide will fuel excitement for the long-awaited release of Avatar 2 in December 2022.

As it did back in 2019, this book looks like it will be filled with Avatar goodness, I can’t wait to learn more about all things Avatar. I highly suggest pre-ordering now, the price was originally $19.99 back in 2019 but has now gone up to $21.99. You can pre-order from Amazon here- The World of Avatar: A Visual Exploration