Avatar 2 and its several other sequels have been in making for years and while for a time or two it felt like the movies might never actually happen. The second and third Avatar sequels are actually in development now, so baring massive disaster, they at least will happen. Here’s all you should know about Avatar 2.
Over the last 10 years we’ve seen numerous major movie franchises enter the ring and leave, but few have had the global recognition like James Cameron‘s Avatar. Released in December 2009, the film still holds the record as the all-time highest-grossing movie, pulling in $2.782 billion worldwide and while that record may be about to be crossed, the strength of Avatar should not be ignored. We have been patiently waiting for sequels to release ever since, and while the crew behind the franchise has been taking its time, they have some absolutely huge plans for the future.
What Is The Avatar 2 Release Date?
Avatar 2 would have released release back in 2015, but it kept delaying for a longer time, which made them change the date again and again. The makers had decided for a Christmas release, but what year that would happen was never known. Finally, release dates for not just Avatar 2, but all the sequels were decided, with the first movie coming in 2020 and it seemed like that date might be permanent. However, one additional delay was announced when Disney set its first release calendar following the Fox merger. Avatar 2 is now set to come out on December 17, 2021.
What Is The Avatar 2 Rating?
Films with high blockbuster potential like Avatar 2 generally want to get as many as seats booked in those theater halls. So, while there’s been no announcement on the actual script of the sequel, it’s less-probable that it will drift into Rated R territory. We should also remember that the original film had a PG-13 rating, and it’s an expectation that Avatar 2, and the three sequels which are in line, will try to stick with the same rating.
Avatar 2: The Director
The first Avatar was genuinely a passion project for James Cameron, as the filmmaker spent years and years making both the script and the technological advancements that needed to be developed. So, you didn’t really expect him to hand off the sequels to someone else, did you? Cameron will be returning for not just Avatar 2, but for 3, 4 and 5 as well.
He has some gigantic plans for the technological aspects of the film, and has talked about both shooting at higher frame rates using performance capture underwater. You can be certain that Avatar 2 will cross all limits of what can be achieved in modern filmmaking. Cameron wants to show that the first film’s success was not mere luck. The director is surely not expecting success to come automatically to the Avatar sequel just because the first one did well.
What’s Avatar 2 Called?
Officially, Avatar 2 has no title apart from the obvious, Avatar 2. Leakage of a bunch of potential subtitles gave an idea that the next title Avatar: The Way of Water. James Cameron later declared that the leaked titles were potential names for the film, but he said nothing has been decided on yet.
Avatar 2: The Script
James Cameron was the only screenwriter (who got credits) on the first Avatar movie, but for the four sequels he has gathered a full team of collaborators who have helped him develop all upcoming chapters of the franchise. Josh Friedman, who wrote Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds remake and was one of the main person behind the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was the first one to sign on.
Then, he was followed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes veterans Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Armageddon’s Shane Salerno, all of whom will be working side-by-side with Cameron. We aren’t aware of plot details, but the director has said that the sequels will bring “whole new worlds, habitats, and cultures,” which very well could mean that we will get to meet some different kinds of intelligent alien creatures.
While the Avatar sequels were penned as one large, ever expanding beast, and are being largely shot together, it is certain that each of the upcoming films, including Avatar 2, are being developed as standalone films, rather than being four parts of a larger story.
With so many details about Avatar 2 and the other sequels still scarce, we recently received an update on the content of those films from James Cameron. While speaking about Toruk, the Cirque du Soleil Avatar prequel, Cameron opened secrets on a major theme for the planned films: family.
The plot in the sequels really revolves around Jake and Neytiri and their children. It’s more of a family tale about the struggle with the humans.
The one thing we are unaware of about Avatar 2 is that the script will focus on the oceans of the planet Pandora, and what information we have about new characters would appear to confirm that much.
No surprise, but the main character of Avatar might be returning for the franchise’s sequels. Sam Worthington, who has spent the years since his breakout role in the original sci-fi blockbuster working in movies like Clash of the Titans, Man on a Ledge and Sabotage, had striked a deal that would have seen him playing human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully for the predictable future.
The Aussie actor at first disclosed the production start date in November 2013, saying, “I’ll be grateful if it finishes. I think Jim is building the ship to Pandora, to be honest.” But, now that we are aware that Avatar sequels will each tell different tales that simply form a complete saga, it’s not clear if there will even be a role for Worthington in any of the planned films. Of course, production didn’t begin anywhere near November 2013, and has, in fact, still not started to any significant capacity, so casting on any of the sequels could change at any time.
If Jake Sully returns, you know that his alien lady love would return as well, and that had been the case. Like Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana had claimed that she would be back as Neytiri in Avatar 2, 3, 4 and 5. The actress talked a bit about what she had observed in the production, and even said that she and James Cameron became very emotional discussing the story that had chances to play out over the next few years.
But, with Saldana shining in the sci-fi genre in her own right since the release of Avatar, participating in not just the new Star Trek films, but also Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, including the fact that the Avatar sequels have yet to start production in earnest, it’s no longer a guarantee that she’ll be a part of it in a major way. As with most of what’s been going on with the Avatar franchise, we’ll have to wait and see.
Dr. Grace Augustine
Many of you must remember that Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) actually died in her Avatar form in the previous movie, but, supposedly, the original plan for Avatar 2 was not going to stop her from appearing in the sequel. Less than three months after Avatar’s release in 2009, it was certain that Dr. Augustine has a role in Avatar 2. In October 2010, James Cameron described the character’s survival by saying “Nobody dies in a science fiction movie,” but the real reason will probably come out in the sequel, if Weaver’s character will still be there.
We are quite aware that in whatever capacity Weaver appears in Avatar 2, it will be evolving over time. A few years ago she said that her part is a bit varying in each sequel and that she’ll “transform somewhat” between them. However, there are chances that her character has been changing even within the script writing process. Even more recently, Weaver has said she’s not actually playing the same role in the sequels as she did in the original. So, maybe Grace Augustine is dead after all, even though Sigourney Weaver will return. It’s difficult to guarantee anything at this point.
Colonel Miles Quaritch
Remember that quote about nobody really losing their life in a sci-fi movie? Well, that rule evidently applies to Stephen Lang’s Colonel Miles Quaritch, who we last saw getting two arrows in the chest courtesy of Neytiri. While audiences may have speculated that the villain had passed on, we realize that’s not the case. Talking about the “Darth Vader” of the franchise; our last detail on Quaritch said that he was going to resume to be an antagonistic force in all upcoming Avatar sequels. James Cameron has said that he has a very intriguing and unconventional arc through the movies, so he’s certainly a character to keep an eye on.
Other Returning Characters
Apart from these major returning characters, numerous other actors will be coming back to the world of Pandora for Avatar 2, if not every sequel that comes after. Dileep Rao played Dr. Max Patel, one of the scientists on the Avatar program who comes to the help of Jake Sully. Joel David Moore will return in the role of Norm Spellman, another pal of Sully’s, and the only human who has permission to stay on Pandora after the rest of humanity is thrown out at the end of the first film.
CCH Pounder will return as Mo’at, the spiritual leader of the Na’vi. Also, Matt Gerald will return as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, which makes him comparable to the third actor who will be back for Avatar 2 despite the fact that the character died in the first movie.
Avatar 2 Child actors
The host of the new actors joining the cast of Avatar 2 are actually quite young. We know that the story will focus majorly on the children of Jake Sully and Neytiri, as many years will have passed between the events of the first two Avatar movies. Jamie Flatters will play the eldest child of the two characters, a boy named Neteyam. Britain Dalton will portray middle child Lo’ak. Trinity Bliss will play the youngest child and the only daughter Tuktirey.
There is one certain information about one human character that a child actor will play. It’s Jack Champion who will play the role of Javier ‘Spider’ Socorro. He took birth at Hell’s Gate, the previous human colony, but prefers spending his time exploring Pandora.
Avatar 2 will also bring to us a fully new civilization of Pandora, the ocean-based Metkayina. Three main young roles are in the cast from this group. Filip Geljo will play Aonung, the son of the Metkayina clan leader. Bailey Bass will play the role of Tsireya, who is a graceful and strong free diver. Finally, Duane Evans Jr. will play a character named Roxto.
Other New Characters
There are ample of new grown-up characters joining the cast of Avatar 2. The biggest entry to the cast is James Cameron’s female lead from Titanic, Kate Winslet. She’ll portray a character named Ronal, but other than a name we are not much aware about her. Based on the fact that Winslet was holding her breath for seven minutes at a time during production, it makes one believe she’ll be depicting one of the reef people of Pandora.
Other new actors joining the Avatar team consist of Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the chief of the reef people. Oona Chaplain will play Varang, who sounds like another Na’vi, but we can’t say it for sure. In recent times, Jemaine Clement has joined the cast as one of the few confirmed new human characters, a marine biologist named Dr. Ian Garvin
Avatar 2 New Technologies
James Cameron is famous for his love of technology. He seems to always be seeking new ways to use the latest techniques to do something unique in his movies. His use of 3D in Avatar is one of the major reasons that the technology is still in use today. His work on motion capture, especially with faces, was a huge part of what Cameron used to make Avatar a product to both the studio and the public.
But that was 2009. The question now is what has James Cameron been up to lately? Avatar producer Jon Landau has talked to a man named Douglas Trumbull about a new film setup that combines 4K resolution, 3D and high frame rates (up to 120 per second) into one package. This looks like the perfect framework for James Cameron. He’s a big proponent of both 3D and HFR so it would be more than a surprise if this tech was adopted for this, or future Avatar sequels.
Because 3D mainly consists of two frames in order to create it, getting 3D and a high frame rate at the same time is tough, add in four thousand lines of resolution and the math gets even more complex. All these things together, however, could bring Pandora to life like magic.