Avatar isn’t a film that has aged well in terms of fan support and critical consensus, yet, it remains the most successful movie of all time and is unlikely to be removed from that position anytime soon. We have known for some time that principal photography was underway on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 simultaneously. Depending on the success of these movies Cameron also wants to make Avatar 4 & 5 as well.
Now, in a Twitter post to fans shared below, Cameron has revealed that whilst work continues on the Avatar sequels, the principal cast has now all finished filming for both movies.
James Cameron took a (very rare) break from filming on the performance capture stage to record a message to Avatar fans!
— Avatar (@officialavatar) November 13, 2018
If you don’t have time to watch the video, Cameron said.
“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet. They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”
In the video, Cameron then goes on to do a bit of promotion for Alita: Battle Angel with an attached trailer. This was a movie that at one point Cameron was attached to direct before he decided to focus solely on the Avatar sequels. The movie ended up being directed by Robert Rodriguez and you can find our coverage of the trailer in the related section below.
I personally cannot see the Avatar sequels making anywhere near enough box office to come close to matching the original movie. However, I don’t seem to be very adept at predicting box office returns so what do I know? The real question I think is whether the movies will be deemed successful enough to warrant Disney (Fox will be owned by Disney before Avatar 2 & 3 even release) green lighting the final two movies.
I do worry that without a complete story over the next two films, that it could be incredibly frustrating to enjoy these movies only to find out the ending won’t be filmed. Of course, the other risk is that the story feels complete after Avatar 3 and we feel there is little need to tread back into the well for two more movies. It’s a tricky tightrope to walk for Cameron.
Avatar 2 & 3 are due for release on December 18, 2020, and December 17, 2021, respectively.
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SOURCE: James Cameron (via Twitter)