Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen countless major movie franchises come and go, but few have had the global appeal of James Cameron’s Avatar. Released in December 2009, the film continues to hold the record as the highest-grossing movie of all time, pulling in $2.782 billion worldwide and while that record may be about to fall, the strength of Avatar should not be overlooked.
We have been patiently waiting for sequels to arrive ever since, and while the filmmaking team behind the franchise has been taking its time, they have some absolutely gigantic plans for the future.
Cameron famously conceived the idea for the first Avatar about 15 years before it came out. However, he needed to wait for technology to catch up to his vision, and the sequels required even more advancement.
Cameron and his team reportedly spent a year and a half developing technology to allow the underwater performance capture scenes.
Cameron has made no secret of his decades-long fascination with underwater life. Fortunately, it sounds like his crew’s efforts have paid off. Cameron discussed the Avatar sequels’ underwater scenes in an interview with Yahoo last year.
With films production currently shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been some question as to whether Avatar 2 will be able to make its release date in December 2021, given the sheer extensiveness of the project.
However, for the time being, the film is sticking with that date and continuing “virtual” production on its many, many VFX elements remotely.
Meanwhile, the Avatar franchise’s social media promoters continue to build anticipation by releasing behind the scenes images from the set.
The new images in question were shared to the official Avatar Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. In one photo, we can see Cameron sitting on a rig which has been constructed around the perimeter of a pool as actors and camera operators float below him.
In a second pic, we get a closer view of Cameron directing, with the waterline bisecting the photo and revealing the actors are sitting on pool noodles, ostensibly so they don’t get tired treading water before they have to film Unfortunately for us, it’s unclear which actors are in the pool getting orders from Cameron.
This pool-centric image set is just one of two recent posts featuring new Avatar 2 images. In a tweet from April 29, fans were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Avatar stars Sigourney Weaver and Joel David Moore, who play Grace and Norm respectively, in between filming.
The new images from Avatar 2 have helped keep fans updated and intrigued by the long-in-the-works sequel to 2009’s Avatar, especially since we won’t actually get to see the first of four planned sequels until December 2021.