The Avatar sequels have been some of the longest-gestating projects ever. Ever since that original film hit in 2009, James Cameron has teased the eventual release of the sequels. Years and years passed, and with each year, the scope seemingly got larger and larger, so much so that we now have four sequels in the works for the entire franchise — four sequels fans now appear to be completely over. Slowly, the 2014 release date of the original sequel disappeared.
Finally, in 2017, the first couple of movies hit production, and this past weekend, the first sequel has officially wrapped its production. That’s right. Over two years later and production has wrapped. They commemorated this reality with a photo from set. Check out their post on Twitter.
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“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.”
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
Pretty cool photo, and I’m sure you VFX junkies will appreciate it for what it will ultimately become in the film itself, but that’s neither here nor there. What’s crazy is that this film will have been in production for two years and then in post-production for two years by the time it hits theaters in December of 2021.
In a world where MCU films generally start production one year before release, this is insane. Hopefully, James Cameron has pulled out all the stops on this one and gives us an experience unlike anything we have ever seen.
If nothing else, we know that Cameron is moving forward in earnest, with recent reports stating they have already shot parts of Avatar 4. With the House of Mouse now footing the bill, they have the resources to be big on this one. I only hope it works out for them.
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SOURCE: Avatar, Variety