Ten years after the release of the original “Avatar," production on “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” has finally finished.
Four sequels for the highest-grossing movie of all time were announced back in 2017, eight years after the original movie was released in 2009.
Director James Cameron came up with the idea for “Avatar” in 1994. It took about 10 years to finish the movie.
“Avatar” went on to beat “Titanic” as the highest-grossing movie of all time, grossing an estimated $2.79 billion.
Cliff Curtis is set to play Tonowari, the leader of a clan of reef people, in the James Cameron-directed sequels. Returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver will rejoin Curtis for the sequels. The movie is, reportedly, supposed to almost entirely take place under water.
This announcement of production wrapping up on the second and third movies comes amidst claims that the fourth and fifth movies may never be made due to the upcoming Disney-Fox merger, which may limit Cameron’s creative control in the process.
Fox was reportedly waiting to see how the second and third installments of the “Avatar” franchise did before giving the green light to start production, but now that the Disney-Fox merger is happening, the decision is ultimately going to be up to Disney.
The merger could be beneficial to Cameron, however, since the Pandora World of Avatar exhibit has been finished and is now a part of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The estimated costs of the fourth and fifth movies combined is $1 billion, so it is no surprise that the studio is not prematurely jumping into the project.
The original “Avatar” follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic marine who is drafted to infiltrate the peaceful Na’vi people of the moon Pandora so the military can mine the mineral “unobtanium” from them.
However, Sully ends up switching sides after he falls in love with the native Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
James Cameron has stated the title of the movie will more than likely not be “Avatar 2” since Sully is not an avatar anymore and instead a full Na’vi.
“Avatar 2” is set to hit theatres on Dec. 18, 2020, with “Avatar 3” premiering a year later on Dec. 17, 2021.