James Cameron Updates Avatar Sequence Production Process
Following the closure of Avatar 2 production, director James Cameron shared a new update on the lengthy process of producing the upcoming Avatar sequences. Speaking with VarietyCameron revealed that despite previous difficulties on the release dates, everything is on track with the overall production of the sequences and they are confident that Avatar 2 will be ready for their theatrical release in December 2021.
"From 2013 until now, we have projected the whole world into four new films," said Cameron. "We wrote and finished the scripts for the four films. We filmed them and captured (performance) movie 2, movie 3 and the first part of movie 4. Most of the live footage ends. I have a few months in New Zealand in the spring , so we're on the right track for what we set out to do. "
He further explained the intricate process of creating sequences. "People really don't understand the scope and complexity of the process. It's like making two big and a half animation films. A typical big animation movie takes about four years, so if you do the math, we're on schedule." to December 2021. ”
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The cast of the Avatar franchise includes Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement and Oona Chaplin alongside a host of young actors. Returning cast members include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver.
Cameron recently explained that Stephen Lang's Colonel Miles Quaritch will return to the four sequences and will be the main villain throughout history. Filming officially began on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017.
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Following some schedule changes, Avatar 2 was postponed for a full year from December 18, 2020 to December 17, 2021. Avatar 3 was postponed for two years from December 17, 2021 to December 22, 2023. Avatar 4 will open two years later on December 19, 2025 (originally December 20, 2024) and Avatar 5 will fall on December 17, 2027 (originally December 19, 2025). Although Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are only released with director James Cameron's caveat that Avatar 2 and 3 are box office successes.