In 2009, Avatar well and truly took over the world. For months all you could hear about was the unrivalled scope, incredible animation and immersive experience of the fantasy epic – and for good reason, at the time it felt groundbreaking. That was nearly a decade ago, and though director James Cameron has been talking about the sequels (yes, all four of them) consistently since, production has finally begun on Avatar 2 according to new reports.
As we all get ready to go back to Pandora for the next instalment – here’s everything you can expect to see in Avatar 2.
What is the release date for Avatar 2?
The film was scheduled to come out in December 2018, but James Cameron has now said that will not be happening. The wait continues…
Why has it taken so long?
Anyone who has tracked the production will know that the follow-up to 2009’s epic has been troubled to say the least.
In 2006 Cameron said that he had intentions to create a franchise around the film if it was successful – and $2 billion later, he confirmed that sequels were in the work in 2010.
Since though, there’s been several push-backs and hiccups along the way. At one point the film was due out in December 2014, and has since been pencilled in for several different release dates for it only to be continually pushed back.
Most of this has come down to production hurdles as well as the expansion of the franchise. Originally slated to become a trilogy, two extra films were added to the schedule, bringing the total to five. Namely, Cameron has insisted that he wanted to finish planning and writing every instalment in the franchise, and now that Avatar 5’s script is finally completed – production on number two can begin.
Where will it be filmed?
The film will be shot in New Zealand – but has come at a steep price. The film studio will have to commit to over $500 million in costs and agree to host a world premiere in Wellington, New Zealand as dictated by the Government.
What is the title of Avatar 2?
Currently the film has a working title of Avatar 2, but expect something a bit snazzier to be revealed soon.
When can we expect the first official trailer for Avatar 2?
The trailer for the first film arrived in August 2009, four months before the film was released. As the film has only just begun shooting, no new footage exists from the film just yet – but expect some teasers to potentially arrive towards the latter-half of 2017.
So far all we’ve been shown is a ‘sneak peek’ of the set after filming wrapped for 2019 on November 29 – see the shot below.
That's a wrap, Na'vi Nation! 💙
It's our last day of live-action filming in 2019, and we're celebrating with a sneak peek. 👀
Check out this photo of the aft well deck section of the Sea Dragon, a massive mothership that carries an array of other sea-going craft in the sequels. pic.twitter.com/AXgAve6aTG
— Avatar (@officialavatar) November 29, 2019
Who is in Avatar 2?
Jake Worthington and Zoe Saldana who plays Jake Sully and Neytiri in the first will return for the sequel. Sigourney Weaver is also set to be involved with the new film – despite conflicting messages from Cameron and Weaver. Cameron had previously suggested that Grace Augustine (Weaver) would be back in the films, despite her death, but in 2015 Weaver insisted that she’ll be involved but as a new character.
Cameron also confirmed that Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quaritch) shall be in the film too, despite his character’s death. It’s all very confusing, but hey, everything about this film is.
What else do we know about the plot?
Cameron has been fairly guarded about the plot for the film thus far, despite telling all elsewhere. He has confirmed that the humans will serve as the antagonists again and that the film will focus more on the oceans of Pandora and the rainforest. In future instalments, the other moons of Polyphemus will be explored.
We’ll update you on Avatar 2 right here as more information is revealed so bookmark this page if you’re a fan.