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the sequels to James Cameron’s cult film become clearer

Released in 2009, Avatar is to date the biggest success in the history of cinema, closely followed by Avengers: Endgame. Expected for December 2022, the sequel to James Cameron’s film gradually lifts the veil on its plot and the challenges of filming.

2.8 billion dollars at the global box office, including 760 million in the United States alone, a pharaonic budget: we will have understood, Avatar is the film of all records. Given the success of the first installment, James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic, Terminator 2) announced very early on its intentions – well before the release of the first film – to shoot consecutively not one, nor two, nor three, but four sequels to Avatar ! Announced in 2010, the first sequel toAvatar is then scheduled for release in 2014, with a sequel planned every two years. But the shooting is postponed countless times, in particular because of the technological cost of the film, which is supposed to contain many aquatic sequences in motion capture.

Behind the scenes ofAvatar 2 ©Disney/Entertainment Weekly©Entertainment Weekly

With a colossal budget of a billion dollars for the four sequels, shooting finally begins in 2017. First announced for December 2021, the first sequel toAvatar is finally postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic: Avatar 2 is now scheduled for December 14, 2022. Avatar 3 should then be released in December 2024 and so on: if all goes as planned – and the first two sequels prove conclusive at the box office – Avatar 5 should be released in 2028, almost twenty years after the release of the first film… Titanic, it is the case to say it.

Behind the scenes ofAvatar 2 ©Disney/Entertainment Weekly

The world holds its breath

Currently in post-production, Avatar 2 gradually unfolds. On December 14, Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first images of the film, one year to the day before its release. On this occasion, James Cameron confided in the filming of the sequel which takes place mainly underwater – Cameron’s passion for the seabed is no mystery to anyone, as evidenced by his film Abyss (1989) or his exploration of the Mariana Trench aboard the Deepsea Challenger in 2012. The process seems a bit crazy. I mean, if Avatar hadn’t made so much money, we never would have done this – because it’s pretty crazy “, admitted the director, who had to fight to shoot the film in real conditions, in a tank of more than 3 million liters of water specially designed for the occasion: ” my production colleagues really pushed for us to do the film” dry “by suspending the actors from cables (…) I told them : ” it will not work. It won’t look real.”

Behind the scenes ofAvatar 2 ©Disney/Entertainment Weekly

After several tests, the film crew finally decided to shoot entirely underwater. A shooting which, among other things, required the actors to be able to hold their breath for long minutes, like Kate Winslet, who broke an apnea record for a feature film by holding her breath for more than seven minutes, beating the previous record set by a certain Tom Cruise… It is therefore a risky bet in which James Cameron has embarked and whose sustainability, according to his own admission, will largely depend on the results of these first two sequels at the box office. : “ Big, expensive movies have to make a lot of money. We are in a new post-COVID, post-streaming world. Maybe these numbers [les résultats du premier film au box-office] will never be seen again. Who knows ? It’s all a big gamble “, he confided.

New elements on the plot have also been clarified by Jon Landau, producer of the film. Avatar 2 will take place fourteen years after the events of the first film and should focus on the new family founded by Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). A new image from the film thus presents Spider (Jack Champion), a young human adopted by Jake and Neytiri, who will certainly create trouble among the Na’Vi. But the arrival of a dangerous non-governmental organization on Pandora will quickly disrupt the Sully family’s haven of peace and force them to take refuge on the reefs, where they will meet the Metkayina tribe. See you in theaters on December 14, 2022 – unless there is yet another postponement – ​​to discover Avatar 2.

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