James Cameron has some huge plans for the future regarding the Avatar franchise. Avatar 2, a sequel to Avatar is officially scheduled for release in December 18, 2020, according to IMDb. The new film will have big shoes to fill, especially since the original currently holds the record as the highest-grossing movie ever made, making $2.782 billion worldwide. Avatar 2 is the first of four planned sequels to the original blockbuster, and the budget for it is $250 million.
There will be a 11-year gap between the original sci-fi fantasy movie released in 2009 and the sequel, and fans are wondering how James Cameron, the director, producer, and co-writer of the Avatar franchise will be drumming up excitement for the new movie after all this time.
However, Cameron will not disappoint in that area if his past record is any indication. He is a man of spectacular vision, and he continues to make captivating and lucrative films. Cameron told CinemaBlend, that “the Avatar sequels are definitely coming,” and that he has a head full of “ideas for screenplays involving Pandora and its cast of wily blue characters.”
One aspect he has in mind that will set Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 apart from the original is that they will be filmed using new, cutting-edge technology that has never been attempted before.
The technology, known as performance capture technology, took his team a year-and-a-half just to find out how it all works. The tech involves underwater motion-capture technology, and Cameron stated that it adds a great bit more realism for underwater shots in the sequels.
Cameron told Collider the following.
“We’re doing it, ahead of the 20th anniversary of his film Titanic. It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras.”
One new and notable cast member is Kate Winslet, who previously worked with James Cameron on the epic film, Titanic. She talked Avatar 2 with the Hollywood Reporter, telling them that she was only allowed to say “her character is blue,” and that “a lot of water is involved.” The role she’s talking about sounds less like the one in Avatar 2, and more reminiscent of her star-making role as Rose in Titanic.
Most of Kate Winslet’s work is already completed on Avatar 2. She went on to say during the Hollywood Reporter interview that, “It was a really wonderful experience to work with Jim again.”
Some of the returning cast members to Avatar 2 include Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri.