The titles for the four Avatar sequels have been revealed, meaning they’re no longer being referred to as Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5.
The long-awaited follow-ups to James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic have been in the works for some time, with the director declaring his intention last year to make four sequels to the original film.
Now, more details about the sequels has arrived. According to BBC News, the films are now titled Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.
Production on the films reportedly began in 2017 with a combined budget of over $1 billion. Avatar: The Way of Water is set to be released on December 18, 2020, followed by Avatar: The Seed Bearer on December 17, 2021, with the remaining two Avatar films released on December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.
Speaking of the time gap between the films, director James Cameron said: “It was a seven-year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, seven year gap between Alien and Aliens,” he told CNN.
“It’s gonna be obviously more like a ten year gap between Avatar and Avatar 2. But Avatar 2 you are going to with not the promise, but the certainty of three more films beyond that, and that’s a very different concept with the audience. And a lot of the delay has been around creating that overall vision.”
Kate Winslet has reportedly joined the project, playing “a character who’s part of the Sea People, the reef people.”
“There’s a tremendous amount of water work across Avatar 2 and 3,” Cameron told Collider. When asked about the process of shooting underwater motion-capture, Cameron said: “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.
“The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers, and it creates a bunch of false markers. It’s a little bit like a fighter plane dumping a bunch of chaff to confuse the radar system of a missile. It creates thousands of false targets, so we’ve had to figure out how to get around that problem, which we did.
“Basically, whenever you add water to any problem, it just gets ten times harder. So, we’ve thrown a lot of horsepower, innovation, imagination and new technology at the problem, and it’s taken us about a year and a half now to work out how we’re going to do it.”