Here we are talking Avatar sequels again. This time, James Cameron is teasing three nearly completed scenes with visual effects — but to the crew only. Sounds like they were stoked.
Now, Landau, who is producing all the sequels with Cameron, has posted an update on Instagram, saying that Cameron has screened three scenes from the upcoming sequel, all with close-to-completed visual effects. Landau says that the scenes re-energized the crew, and made them even keener to get back to working on the movie.
With it closing in on six months since last seeing any movie in the theater (an underwhelming The Hunt ⭐️⭐️), I’d almost go watch paint dry on a giant white wall in comfy recliner seats with movie theater popcorn.
Sure, I’m joking. Not.
Is it possible to be over-marketed and teased too much for a movie?
On a more serious note for Avatar 2. Do you care? Will you care in December 2022 when it’s finally released?
My interest and excitement won’t return for this movie until we see a trailer with some amazing visual effects. Even then, there’s only so much teasing a moviegoer fan can take for a movie too far in the future. Especially with the current uncertainty that looms everywhere. You?
Move over, Marty, this car blows the Delorean out of Avatar’s seaworld water.
Much like the hugely profitable sci-fi movie it’s inspired by, the Vision Avtr uses expensive bleeding-edge technology to convey a message of reconnecting with nature. The car features round organic shapes, pulsating neon lights, and “bionic flap” scales on the back. The aesthetic is on the razor’s edge of hypnotic and gross, again like Avatar. You don’t even use a steering wheel. The controls are projected onto your body. Very spiritual. Very Avatar.
Saw this come out of CES 2020 yesterday and see the Twitter feed on fire about Avatar. Will get to that in a minute but first the techie that still lives inside me must comment on the car. The car!
For me it’s like Fantasy Island’s Tattoo’s excitement with da plane, da plane! Who wouldn’t want to drive around in that super cool car? Sure, it’s pure concept at this point, and I’ll probably never be able to own in this life, but hey, in my dreams. It is super gaudy which isn’t really my style either, but … oh my. I’m more of a get in whatever runs to get from point A to point B guy versus spending more money on cars than houses cost.
This car looks like it might cost more than several houses.
No Steering Wheel Makes Perfect Sense
There is emphasis on having no steering wheel like that matters. Why? The steering wheel should be gone in futuristic cars. I think the logical next step in tech and driving is not requiring us to drive at all.
The technology gets us safely and securely to wherever we’re going. Those who want to drive, need to drive, sure, have some kind of mental Avatar-like hookup to the brain that allows people to take most control of the wheel. Assuming the driver isn’t impaired. I trust technology to be better drivers than human beings, sorry.
I digress. If this car was affordable (not!) and available right now, I’d be at the dealership.
Did Avatar Wait Too Long For The Sequel?
Some twitterers are saying they’ve lost interest because it’s been 10+ years since the last Avatar.
Wrong way to look at movies. Especially sequels.
I’m glad Cameron took his time making the Avatar sequels. Really, really glad. Can more filmmakers work years putting out the most exciting, entertaining movies, please? Let it age and breathe, not crank it out like it’s part of some assembly line. Too many movies are rushed. Heck, there are stories out saying Rise of Skywalker ⭐️⭐️½ was rushed too. If that’s true, and I believe it is, Disney should have baked it longer. Sounds like JJ Abrams wanted more time.
And yes, Cameron was busy diving to the bottom of the ocean setting depth records and not working on Avatar for some of the last 10+ years. Once he put his toes in the sequel water, he’s been going at it full time.
He sacrificed the director’s chair in Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½ — probably to that movie’s detriment — to work on Avatar 2. I don’t know if it’s going to be great or suck or be ho-hum, but it will definitely have some cool tech.
Ang Lee had cool tech in Gemini Man ⭐️⭐️ and we all know how that turned out.
My faith is stronger with Cameron when he’s in the director’s chair. And he has experience and director success history on his side. Think about it, how many bad films has he done as director? (I don’t blame his limited involvement first experience in Piranha 2, btw)
We’ll find out in 2021, assuming no more delays. I like the fact that he’s shooting a trilogy of films at once a la Back To The Future sequels. Those impatient for more Avatar after the sequel, will get their fix much sooner.
Me? I’m happy to wait longer for the movie. Just make the story sing and it’s all good.
Thought it was a bit nod, nod, wink, wink when James Cameron congratulated the Avengers Endgame team for surpassing Avatar for being #1 worldwide in box office gross revenue, and turns out it was:
“I don’t want to sound snarky after I took the high road (by offering congratulations),” he says. “But they beat us by one quarter of a percent. I did the math in my head while driving in this morning. I think accountants call that a rounding error.”
LOL. A “rounding error” — it seems inevitable in the run-up to Avatar 2 hitting theaters in 2021 that Disney will re-release the original Avatar in theaters, allowing it the opportunity to earn enough new box office revenue to retake the #1 crown.
Despite’s Cameron’s impressive record at the box office when directing films, I’m not so sure about Avatar 2 having the same box office juice as Avatar. Cameron’s producer involvement hasn’t been as positive, as we saw in 2019 with his “return” to the Terminator franchise in Terminator: Dark Fate ⭐️⭐️½
One of the things that made Avatar so impressive is how it used 3D. It single-handedly revitalized 3D movies at the theater. The 3D surcharge ticket pricing helped to increase the box office sales.
The 3D in Avatar blew me away.
We have caught a few 3D versions of movies, including Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker and the experience has been overall underwhelming. Most moviegoers figured out that the vast majority of 3D movies were not enhanced enough to justify a few extra dollars in a 3D surcharge.
While there are 10 years differences between the time on the website, but it’s a curious sidenote that Avengers: Endgame has 67,000+ audience reviews at Rotten Tomatoes while Avatar has over 1.38 million. Something tells me in 2029 Avengers: Endgame will not have this many reviews, but we’ll see.
Titanic, another James Cameron directed top film, has over 35 million audience reviews. Not sure if that is RT’s most reviewed film, but it has to be up there.
Bottom line: Cameron is probably closer to right than wrong with his non-snarky comment.
What do you think? Will Avatar 2 become #1 of all time at the box office?