The first frame of the film
James Cameron has made some interesting statements to Entertainment Weekly, in which he talks about working on Avatar 2 and the rest of the highest-grossing sequels in cinema history. The first sequel is supposed to be a technological revolution, just like the first installment. This is because its plot takes place mostly … underwater.
James Cameron himself says with a laugh that the whole process of making the sequel… Avatar is sheer madness. Recall that Avatar 2 was announced in 2012, and 2013 brought together a team of writers for the entire universe. Work on the set began in 2017, and the story takes place 14 years after the events of … Avatar. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) settled down and started a family. EW.com reports that the story should largely focus on their offspring.
The actors of Avatar 2
Entertainment Weekly reporters have revealed that Edie Falco plays General Ardmore, who is a high-ranking officer of the GDR, the organization that fought the Navi in the first film.
– Ultimately, the sequels are a story about family and the things parents need to do to keep the family together and safe. I always say that Jim’s films have a universal message. There is nothing more universal than family,” says producer Jon Landau.
Most of the Avatar 2 I Avatar 3 events will revolve around the oceans of Pandora. There we will meet a new Navi clan called the Metkayina. One of the new images released shows what the world’s beaches look like, with producer Jon Landau himself calling it “Bora Bora on steroids.” This is the first photo of the film itself because so far we’ve only had set photos and concept sketches.
James Cameron’s choice of the oceans is no coincidence because, as journalists recall, he is fascinated by the oceans. For years, he has fought to preserve and save them. As he admits in an interview with EW.com: He deals with the oceans when he’s not making movies, so the Avatar Aftermath is a combination of his two biggest passions in life.
Avatar 2 – new technology
We read that James Cameron and his team had to develop new performance capture technology because the one used in the industry that was developed on Avatar was not prepared to be shot underwater. And there, the actors have just shot in a giant water tank built for the sequels, which has the function of mimicking the currents and waves of the ocean. Weta Digital is responsible for special effects and innovative technology. Cameron himself admits that he has been suggested to hang the actors from ropes and imitate the movements in the water. He felt it wouldn’t look real. They did a test and the difference in recording the movements underwater was dramatic.
Avatar 2 is a challenge for the actors
As it turned out, everyone in the cast had to practice with professional divers to learn how to safely hold their breath for several minutes. According to Cameron, the scenes shot underwater lasted between 2 and 4 minutes. This was important to him because air bubbles and scuba gear interfered with the recording of performance capture technology. Experts in underwater dance and gymnastics were engaged to best record the complex scenes.
We read in an EW.com article that Sigourney Weaver despite being 72 years old, held her breath for six and a half minutes while Kate Winslet for no less than seven and a half. It has been revealed that Winslet plays Ronal, a mysterious character from the Metkayina tribe.
It has also been revealed that filming has already been completed for Avatar 3 and Weta Digital has already started post-production on some scenes from this film. Landau adds that the Avatar sequels have a much larger scale than the first part. They need to develop the world, the history, and the play of the actors, technology being an important tool.
Avatar – are the sequels going to make any money?
James Cameron is concerned that the film world has been rocked by pandemonium, with VOD gaining in popularity. He hopes the public will still feel his vision of adventure on a distant planet. Avatar remains the highest-grossing film in history with $ 2.8 billion. Avengers: Endgame has repossessed that title for less than 2 years.
– The big question is, are we going to make any money? Big, expensive films have to make a lot of money. We are in a post-COVIDZ, post-streaming world. Perhaps such box office numbers will never return to their old highs. Who knows? It’s like a roll of the dice.
Avatar 2 – released December 16, 2022.