Photo: Twentieth Century Fox
Filming has begun on the 4 sequels to Avatar, James Cameron’s 2009 Three-D CGI journey a few paraplegic marine who lands on the planet Pandora to mine unobtainium. This time, although, Cameron is absolutely gonna make it occur — he’s not enjoying round! He’s spent a lot of the final decade teasing us about the upcoming installments, throwing out piecemeal updates (with occasional breaks for a Titanic rerelease or to shade Alien: Covenant). But this time, he’s severe: This week, Cameron and his crew began filming the installments generally known as the The Avatar Sequels, which is able to include a funds of $1 billion. (That’s three and a half Lord of the Rings trilogies, six Wonder Womans, 66 Hurt Lockers, and 250 Moonlights.) Here’s a timeline of all Cameron’s Avatar guarantees that after appeared damaged, or a minimum of teetering on the edge of breaking, however he’s undoubtedly about to make good on them, you’ll see. You’ll all see.
January 7, 2010: Days after Avatar made $1 billion, Cameron pronounces that we’re getting a sequel. “Yes, there’ll be another,” he tells the crowd after a screening in Los Angeles.
January 14, 2010: Now he says there gained’t simply be one other — there will probably be a number of extra. ““I’ve had a narrative line in thoughts from the begin — there are even scenes in Avatar that I stored in as a result of they result in the sequel,” he tells EW. “It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan.”
February 16, 2010: We’re not solely getting a number of extra journeys to Pandora, however a e-book! “I told myself, if it made money, I’d write a book. There are things you can do in books that you can’t do with films,” Cameron says. Your middle-school librarian nods in settlement.
August 7, 2010: Now Avatar 2 and Avatar Three will probably be filmed back-to-back. “We’re talking about that, that makes a lot of sense, given the nature of these productions. We can bank all the capture and then go back and do cameras,” he says. But actually, he’s centered on the prequel novel: “I didn’t want to do some cheesy novelization,” he says, “where some hack comes in and makes shit up.”
March 7, 2010, an apart: Cameron loses the Oscar. (Later on, he’ll say that the Oscars don’t award his varieties of motion pictures anymore, that means “big, visual cinema.”)
April 21, 2010: The Avatar sequel, Cameron says, will dive deep (not into the historical past — that’s for the novel) into the ocean. “Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment — a different setting within Pandora. And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest,” he tells the Los Angeles Times.
October 27, 2010: Avatar 2 and Avatar Three are undoubtedly taking place ASAP — he handed on Sony’s never-realized Cleopatra to work on them. Fox made a giant donation to his environmental inexperienced fund to ensure the trilogy rises to the tippity prime of his to-do listing. Cameron is taking pictures for a December 2014 and December 2015 launch.
May 7, 2012: Not simply Avatar 2 and Avatar Three. Now James Cameron has an Avatar four in retailer, too. He says he’s Avatar solely. Literally, he says this: “I’m not curious about growing something. I’m in the Avatar enterprise. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar Three, perhaps Avatar four, and I’m not going to provide different individuals’s motion pictures for them,” he tells the New York Times. He confirms it formally in August 2013.
December 2013: Avatar 2, Avatar Three, and Avatar four will shoot in New Zealand. Not certain when, however in all probability soon-ish? When you jot it down in your calendar, perhaps use pencil or one of these fancy erasable pens they promote at Staples.
April 12, 2014: Cameron says they’re in preproduction! Go forward and set these iCal alerts.
January 14, 2015: He says Avatar 2, Avatar Three, and Avatar four are delayed, however just for a pair years, ideally 2017. So it’s a little bit delay, not a giant delay. If we’re utilizing Google calendar by this level, alter it accordingly.
April 28, 2015: James Cameron isn’t simply giving us Avatar 2, Avatar Three, and Avatar four. Did you suppose we’d get away with out an Avatar 5? He and his writing crew have give you 5 entire freaking scripts. We’re getting Avatar 5, too.
January 1, 2016: He’s dropping steam. How can he get it performed? The Wrap reviews that Avatar 2 has been “suspended indefinitely.”
April 14, 2016: “The next time I see you will be on Pandora,” Cameron tells a Comic Con viewers. He’s again, child! And this time, he’s promising a brand new Avatar almost each different Christmas: Avatar 2 is slated for launch on Christmas 2018, with Avatar Three following on Christmas 2020, Avatar four on Christmas 2022, and Avatar 5 on Christmas 2023.
September eight, 2016: Sam Worthington is deep into his Christian film stardom, Zoe Saldana is with Guardians of the Galaxy now, however Cameron continues to be laborious at work on these Avatar motion pictures. You’ll get them once you get them. Okay?!? “We haven’t moved that target yet, but we will if we need to,” Cameron says. “The important thing for me is not when the first one comes out but the cadence of the release pattern.”
April 22, 2017: Shady’s again, inform a good friend: James Cameron has began manufacturing, with an adjusted timeline: Expect Avatar 2 on December 18, 2020; Avatar Three on December 17, 2021; Avatar four on December 20, 2024; and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025.
September 25, 2017: Seven years later, Cameron has began filming! Fox says the first Avatar sequel will probably be launched December 18, 2020. Avatar Three comes a yr later, and the final two are due December 2024 and 2025. The Avatar Sequels aren’t nearly the vacation spot (once more, Pandora, in case you’ve forgotten in the interim). Avatar is about James Cameron’s journey.
May 7, 2019: It has solely been 588 days since this extraordinarily vital timeline has been up to date, and I’ve returned to supply important information! (You suppose the Avatar sequels are your ally? You merely adopted the Avatar sequels. I used to be born into them, molded by them!)
In mild of the Disney-Fox acquisition, the House of Mouse has launched an up to date — and exhaustive — launch schedule for all of its new titles. “Four forthcoming Avatar movies, increasing the vibrant world of Pandora, will launch on the pre-Christmas weekend each different yr starting in 2021,” Disney says. We’re getting the sequel on December 17, 2021; Avatar Three on December 22, 2023; Avatar four on December 19, 2025; and Avatar 5 on December 17, 2027. (Extremely optimistic of James Cam’ron to imagine we’ll nonetheless be residing on a liveable planet in 2027, frankly!) These motion pictures might or will not be titled Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa. Your transfer, Marvel.
March 17, 2020: Things have been going so properly in the near-year between spring 2019 and spring 2020! (Granted, James Cam’ron did get right into a random feud with a diver, however that’s truly very enjoyable and petty drama!) Production on the Avatar sequels, nevertheless, screeched to a halt resulting from the coronavirus. As cities round the globe have been shutting right down to comprise the virus, Avatar producer Jon Landau instructed the New Zealand Herald that manufacturing was quickly suspended: “We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.” Weta Digital would proceed to work on the film’s digital results throughout the pause in manufacturing.
April 2, 2020: Other administrators and different motion pictures are falling sufferer to the international shutdown, with launch plans and opening days shifting on the calendar. Disney releases an up to date launch calendar of its movies, noting that the first Avatar sequel continues to be slated to emerge December 17, 2021.
May 11, 2020: Let’s be affordable right here: Production on all these Avatar sequels can solely final so lengthy. Time is ticking! James Cam’ron gave an replace to Empire, detailing his frustration with the manufacturing shutdown. “It’s putting a major crimp in our stride here,” he mentioned. “I wish to get again to work on Avatar, which proper now we’re not allowed to do below state emergency legal guidelines or guidelines. So it’s all on maintain proper now.” Speaking from his Malibu dwelling, the filmmaker defined that he was about to journey midway throughout the globe for a part of the shoot earlier than lockdown put paid to these plans. “We were about to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed. We’re trying to get back to it as quick as we can.”
May 22, 2020: And we again, and we again, and we again, and we again, and we again! (A Chance the Rapper reference is affordable right here, I feel, as a result of in some ways the Avatar sequels are all we’ve bought.) Producer Jon Landau introduced that manufacturing is resuming in June. “Our Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” he wrote, sharing a photograph of a “command vessel” and a “jetboat.”
Come hell, excessive water, or a worldwide pandemic, the first Avatar sequel is coming December 17, 2021! Watch this house.