James Cameron’s sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time, which has been in the works for more than a decade, is expected to inspire awe, but the debut trailer withholds any significant spoilers.
If you had questioned if there would be an Avatar sequel in 2010, Hollywood would have laughed you out. The fantasy epic directed by James Cameron captivated the globe, and it continues to be the highest-grossing film of all time. Then, when Avatar 2 was teased for 2014, it appeared like a lock to win. However, 12 years and several delays later, nobody is still as certain. Numerous arguments have been made regarding Avatar’s waning appeal, including that it is no longer relevant in culture and that people are no longer interested in it.
The uniquely enticing 3D moviegoing experience that Avatar created has all but disappeared. The upcoming sequel has turned into a joke. However, Cameron will continue to laugh till he drops.
You see, claims that Avatar is culturally irrelevant are exaggerated. Yes, it quite obviously lacks the impact of a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings picture, but this is still a sequel to a movie that almost everyone has seen. The franchise’s momentum may have been crushed by the years of delays, but they have given the sequel a degree of total curiosity. The fact that no one has been permitted to view a frame of what is now formally known as Avatar: The Way of Water until now only serves to emphasize this.
One can only infer so much from the teaser, which avoids the Easter egg-heavy strategy preferred by your typical franchise movie nowadays. The excitement here is in the macro, so internet zealots who prefer to scrutinize every frame of a trailer may be let down. The imagery is accompanied by slow, ominous organ music, which can only be described as luscious. Massive, lush backgrounds and incredibly detailed animation may be seen on the blue Navi faces. More settings are shown here than in the first Avatar, including the broad open sea, densely populated places, and the Pandoran rainforests.
What is the Avatar 2: The Way of Water storyline?
Along with the title announcement, we also received the first official synopsis, which mostly confirmed our first thoughts.
It reads: “On the planet Pandora, Jake Sully lives with his newly formed family. In order to protect their world from a persistent threat that is returning to finish what it started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Navi race.”
In addition, we are aware that each of the three sequels that will be released after this one will have its own unique story. The journey through all four films will create a connected saga, claims Landau.
Jake will be required to take his family to the “imagined safe harbor” at the reef where they meet the Metkayina when the RDA mining operation returns to Pandora. To adequately represent the significance of water, the motion-capture scenes for Avatar 2 were shot underwater.
Also known for playing Baby Driver, CJ Jones is a deaf actor who was hired to create a “new Navi sign language” just for the movie.
Why has the release of Avatar 2 taken so long?
The lengthy journey to the big screen for the sequel is detailed in its entirety here.
There were no production beginnings for Avatar 2 in April 2016, despite that month’s original start date. According to a January, statement made the following year, the motion-capture component of the film would have begun production in August 2017, however actually started in September.
When it was revealed that there would be a fourth Avatar movie, they were all postponed, and then they were all delayed again when Avatar 2 was set to release in December 2017. (and the remainder is likely scheduled for 2018 and 2019). The “very long” writing process was the cause of the delays, according to Cameron.
Avatar 2 was delayed once more in January 2017 when Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s release date was moved from May to December of that year.
The sequel’s release was again postponed by Disney when Fox was acquired, this time until December 2021. This brings us to the present and the COVID-related delays that impacted the whole industry.
In 2017, Cameron dealt with the delays in a cool manner. He did, however, confess to having concerns in a recent interview. But thus far, it appears that such worries are unjustified. According to Cameron, who spoke to The New York Times, “I was a bit afraid that, in our fast-paced, modern society, with Avatar 2 coming in at 12 years later, I had stretched the tether too far. Before we released the teaser trailer, which had 148 million views in 24 hours.