James Cameron, director of kingdom of Heaven, and other Hollywood gem movies, is back after thirteen long years with the sequel Avatar: The Way of Water. When can we anticipate going back to Pandora?
Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, Avatar: The Way of Water Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure”.
What James Cameron is offering this time? (since the sequel took 13 years)
A tribe of Metkayina will explore the uncharted regions of Pandora and leave a mark on the planet’s aquatic life in Avatar: The Way of Water. They reside amid the ocean’s reefs and form the second movie’s primary group.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Cameron said of the sequel(s): “It will be a natural extension of all the themes, and the characters, and the spiritual undercurrents. If you loved the first movie, you’re gonna love these movies, and if you hated it, you’re probably gonna hate these. If you loved it at the time, and you said later you hated it, you’re probably gonna love these.”
Cameron chose to be as authentic as possible rather than filming ocean shots “dry for wet.” As a result, all of the actors received training in professional scuba diving. Additionally, Cameron invented a new technology to film motion capture scenes underwater, which had never been done before.
“I said, ‘It’s not going to work. It’s not going to look real,’” Cameron said. “I even let them run a test, where we captured dry for wet, and then we captured in water, a crude level of our in-water capture. And it wasn’t even close.”
Revealing his expectations the Director shared that the screening will feel like “Dreaming with Your Eyes Wide Open”
Beloved Jake and Neytiri, the original stars, will return. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña will play their respective roles. Kate Winslet and Michelle Yeoh have also entered the mysterious world of Pandora.
- Zoe Saldaña
- Sam Worthington
- Sigourney Weaver
- Stephen Lang
- Cliff Curtis
- Joel David Moore
- CCH Pounder
- Edie Falco
- Jemaine Clement
- Kate Winslet
In some way, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang will also make a comeback in Avatar: The Way of Water. According to information released, Weaver will portray Kiri — Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. Kate Winslet is Rona, a free diver, and part of the Metkayina tribe, and Cliff Curtis portrays Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina.
The human side of the new character group includes Edie Falco as General Ardmore, the woman in charge of protecting the mining interests, Jemaine Clement as marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, Michelle Yeoh as Dr. Karina Mogue, and Oona Chaplin as a character named Varang.
The long-awaited sequel to the Avatar film series will be released in theaters on December 16, 2022. When the first two sequels were first announced in 2010, a 2014 release date was anticipated. After eight theatrical postponed release dates; the most recent was announced in June 2020, which resulted in the current 2022.
However, Avatar 3 is scheduled for December 2024, with Avatars 4 and 5 landing in cinemas in December 2026 and 2028 respectively.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the runtime of “Avatar: The Way of Water” is 3 hours and 10 minutes. Nearly 30 minutes longer than the 2009 original “Avatar” movie which lasted two hours and 41 minutes.
With almost the same budget as the original movie 237 million USD, the sequel has a budget of 250 million USD. Original Avatar made 2.924 billion USD and now we are looking forward to finding out what the sequel is capable of.
Is Avatar still relevant?
To find out if Avatar is still relevant or not, one can simply check the number of views. The trailer surpassed all of the new Star Wars movie trailers with 148.6 million views on its first day, setting new milestones for Disney. With beautiful visual effects work highlighting the underwater beauty on the planet of Pandora as well as Jake Sully and Neytiri with their family, the teaser demonstrates that James Cameron hasn’t lost his vision since the original film.