Although it won’t be released until December 2026, Avatar 4 has received an exciting movie update that bodes well for the future of the franchise. Despite the 13-year hiatus between films, writer and director James Cameron has had a vision for a five-film series and the completion of Avatar 3 and early recordings of Avatar 4 is a great sign that he will bring his vision to life. Producer Jon Landau recently revealed that: Avatar 4 filming is already surprisingly advanced, especially for the fourth installment of a franchise that debuted in 2009.
According to Varietythe first act of Avatar 4 is completed and the rest of the film is charted, but not completed. The original box office smash, simply titled Avatarbroke records when it made a whopping $2.9 billion at the box office, with reissues in 2010, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The plan to fulfill James Cameron’s vision for the next four films was announced in 2017 and all four prosecutions would shoot at the same time (via Deadline). However, there was a production delay as the first sequel Avatar: The way of the water was originally slated to release in December 2021 with the final fifth film set to be in 2025. But Cameron did his best to keep things on track and tried to continue production of Avatar 2 despite the coronavirus. Despite the delays, filming four sequels in a row in such a short space of time is rare and a huge gamble.
Why Avatar 4 is filming so early
Filming started before Avatar 4 in 2017, as originally planned due to: “logistical reasons” according to Landau. In a conversation between Cameron and Canadian filmmaker Denis Villenuve, it was revealed that filming live-action shots with the child actors in Avatar 4 was particularly important (via Variety). There will be a six-year time jump in the fourth installment of the series and Cameron stated that the kids “may be six years old in the middle of the story on page 25.” However, earlier scenes had to be shot earlier so that the ages of the children would match the story. With a movie as CGI heavy as Avatar Filming the live-action shots well in advance and working on the beautiful animation for years also makes sense. Despite the initial criticism of the CGI for Avatar 2, the CGI used in both the original and the upcoming sequel was groundbreaking, so it will likely take years to perfect the visual effects for the next three films.
What We Know Cameron’s Avatar Sequel After Way Of The Water
Though little has been said about the sequels that follow Avatar: Way of the Waterthe upcoming titles were revealed by BBC news in 2018. While there is always room for change, especially over the years of development, it is likely that the next three films will be titled Avatar: The Seed Carrier, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. Since James Cameron will be directing Avatar 3, 4 and 5, it’s likely that the sequels could match or even surpass the original film.
Despite the long gap between the first Avatar and the next four films, James Cameron has a clear vision for the franchise and where he wants to go. See as filming on Avatar 4 has already begun, it’s a great vote of confidence in these movies and exciting that Cameron is likely to see his vision come to completion.
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