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Avatar, huh? That sure was a big thing in 2009. And beyond then too, of course - almost 13 years on, it’s the highest grossing film in history, taking $2,847,246,203 worldwide. Which, y’know, definitely isn’t be sniffed at.
Following its massive success, it was no surprise that we’d be getting a sequel - in fact, it was announced back in 2010, originally aiming for a 2014 release. Obviously, it slightly missed the mark there - new technology needed to be developed in order to film performance capture scenes underwater, something which has never been done before. Well, the future is now.
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In pictures first revealed by Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got our first look at what to expect from the highly anticipated follow up, and it’s looking pretty exciting. As well as some behind the scenes shots with director James Cameron, we also have one shot of the visuals we might be able to expect from the actual movie. It shows Jake and Neytiri standing on a boat overlooking a Na’vi child, who we can certainly assume is theirs.
With the release date being set for 16 December 2022, obviously we can expect things to change somewhat in the meantime, but the aquatic scenery looks like it’s going to be stunning. The story is going to take place around 14 years after the original, in which Jake and Neytiri have already settled down and started a family. Apparently, much of the film is going to focus on their preteen kids.
"Ultimately, the sequels are a story about family, and the lengths parents will go through to keep that family together and keep them safe," producer Jon Landau said to Entertainment Weekly. "I always say that Jim's movies have universal themes - and really, there's no more universal theme than family."
As you’d imagine, the sequel has been no small feat to produce. Every actor had to be trained by professional divers until they could hold their breath for minutes at a time, and much of the filming has taken place in a purpose built 900,000-gallon tank, which is apparently able to mimic ocean currents and waves. Wow.
Having already faced eight delays since its original announcement, we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed that Avatar 2 does actually hit our screens later next year. And, after that, we can look forward to the further three instalments, which are all set to be released by 2028, if you can believe it. I won’t hold my breath.
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