Avatar Sequels Officially Begin Production on Sept 25th
Posted 2017/06/23 3118 0
Filming gets underway on the Avatar sequels September 25th.
All you Avatar fans out there have reason to rejoice. After a long gap of 8 years, production on the sequel to filmmaker James Cameron’s Avatar (2009) is set to begin in September this year. Speaking at 20th Century Fox’s presentation at the ongoing annual CineEurope gathering in Barcelona, Lightstorm Entertainment Jon Landau provided an update on when exactly the Avatar sequels will head into production.
“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family.
Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”
Aside from Saldana and Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang are also set to return to the franchise, although with both actors’ previous characters having already died in the original Avatar film, it is uncertain how they will get back into the fold. Joel Moore is also set to come back, while Game of Thrones actor Oona Chaplin is set to board the epic sci-fi sequels.
Avatar, released in 2009, is the biggest box office hit of all time, grossing $2.7B worldwide. Cameron and his team announced the start of pre-production back in April, along with an updated batch of release dates. Previously, the director compared the simultaneous production of all four sequels to “doing all three Godfather films at the same time.”
“It’s not back-to-back. It’s really all one big production. It’s more the way you would shoot a miniseries. So we’ll be shooting across all [Avatar scripts] simultaneously. So Monday I might be doing a scene from Movie Four, and Tuesday I’m doing a scene from Movie One. … We’re working across, essentially, eight hours of story. It’s going to be a big challenge to keep it all fixed in our minds, exactly where we are, across that story arc at any given point. It’s going to be probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m sure the actors will be challenged by that as well. It’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, this person hasn’t died yet, so you’re still in this phase of your life.’ It’s a saga.”
The four sequels of the film series were given release dates by 20th Century Fox, starting December 18, 2020, the rest coming December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025.