James Cameron’s Avatar 2 is one of the most awaited movies in the history of modern cinema. The first movie, released in December 2009, was a big revolution in modern cinematography, with visual effects that have never been seen before. Cameron’s epic sci-fi movie grossed over $2.8 billion worldwide (re-releases included), which makes it the highest-grossing movie of all time. Yes, Avengers: Endgame took over that spot in July 2019, but Avatar took it back a year later after one more re-release in China.
Cameron promised from the start that he’s planning the sequel, which was originally set to be released in 2014. Yet, here we are, December 2021, and we still don’t even have the trailer, let alone the whole movie. But, after several delays, looks like Avatar’s time is finally coming. The release date is now set to December 16, 2022, and it’s expected that the movie will break all the possible box-office records. Writer/director/producer/co-editor James Cameron now opened up about the upcoming sequel.
“It sounds kind of nuts, the process. I mean, if Avatar hadn’t made so much damn money, we’d never do this — because it’s kind of crazy.[…] I do the ocean thing when I’m not making movies. So if I could combine my two greatest loves — one of which is ocean exploration; the other, feature filmmaking — why wouldn’t I? My colleagues within the production really lobbied heavily for us to do it ‘dry for wet,’ hanging people on wires. I said, ‘It’s not going to work. It’s not going to look real.’ I even let them run a test, where we captured dry for wet, and then we captured in water, a crude level of our in-water capture. And it wasn’t even close. […]The big issue is: Are we going to make any damn money? Big, expensive films have got to make a lot of money. We’re in a new world post-COVID, post-streaming. Maybe those numbers will never be seen again. Who knows? It’s all a big roll of the dice.” — James Cameron for Entertainment Weekly
Okay, Cameron didn’t really reveal much about the plot, but we can’t blame him. It’s been previously announced that the Avatar franchise will go underwater in the sequel, and Cameron used the most advanced technology to film those underwater sequences. It’s definitely going to be something never seen before on the big screen. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we also got new exclusive images that are already showing how much effort was put into making another visually stunning sci-fi spectacle.
Directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron, Avatar 2 is set to be released on December 16, 2022. The movie is starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Vin Diesel, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Cliff Curtis, Kate Winslet, and Sigourney Weaver.