Budget, casting, technologies… Five things to know before seeing Avatar 2

For his new movie, Avatar: The Way of WaterJames Cameron reconnects with his favorite actors who once again put him in a technological whirlwind. Walt Disney Company

Director James Cameron offers a new tour of the planet Pandora and is betting on a great success to make the investment profitable.

Just thirteen years ago, Avatar was announced to the general public. But fans will have to wait until 2022 to follow the continuation of the adventures of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) on the planet Pandora. Tuesday, December 6 announced, in preview, in London, the second part of the saga, which lasts 3h12. Waiting for the official release ofAvatar 2five points to revise.

Repeatedly postponed

The reason the wait has been so long isn’t to keep fans breathless, but because of production delays over the years. James Cameron originally planned the release ofAvatar 2 for the end of 2016 but also a new sequel in 2017 and another for 2018. In 2016, the three films were postponed for the first time but the studios announced that the fifth Avatar is scheduled for 2023. But in 2018, Century Fox was acquired by Disney, which postponed the production of films for the second time. Finally, in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forces James Cameron and his team to once again postpone the release of feature films. Finally, while this is the fourth part to be released in 2022, the public will soon welcome the second. However, James Cameron did not abandon the idea of ​​making three more parts. They are now scheduled respectively for the end of 2024, 2026 and 2028.

Filming locations

For the filming of the second opus, James Cameron saw things big. Part of the film was shot in New Zealand, which also created controversy. In fact, in 2020, after the imprisonment, the country agreed to return the film crewAvatar, and this while the health crisis still prevents the population from continuing “normal life”. Other scenes, especially those that took place underwater, were shot on a 10,000 square meter set at Manhattan Beach Studio in California.

Kate Winslet is reuniting with James Cameron

To add an element of glamour, the production announced the arrival of a new star: Kate Winslet. This is not the first time the actress has collaborated with James Cameron. Just twenty-five years ago, he appeared with Leonardo Di Caprio in titanic, a film that won him worldwide acclaim, at just 22 years old. But at that time, filming became complicated for the actress. James Cameron even told the Radio Times that Kate is not there titanic“a bit traumatized by the scale of the production and his responsibility in it”. Since then, water has flowed under the bridge, and Kate Winslet and James Cameron have reunited for a film that promises to be spectacular. “We both look forward to working together again, to see what the other is doing at this point in our lives and careers.“added the producer in his interview for Radio Times.

Kate Winslet at the premiere ofAvatar: The Way of Waterin London, on December 6, 2022. TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

Always in 3D

In 2009, Avatar marked the arrival of a new way of 3D cinema, a process that changed the sector. At the time, and according to the Box Office, of the 14.8 million French admissions, 80% were entries to see the film in 3D. But contrary to what James Cameron thought, Avatar did not make it possible to impose this technology, and gradually, viewers and realizers abandoned 3D. The director held on however and decided, once again, to seek help here. In Avatar 2, James Cameron wants to show that we can still save the cinema, which needs an audience, and 3D. The film can still be seen in 2D in theaters.

A phenomenal budget

James Cameron did not give a specific number about the budget allocated to Avatar 2but it seems to be hovering around $250 million, according to First . According to the director, “Avatar 2 would have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in cinematic history to be profitable.” James Cameron’s new blockbuster has not yet been unveiled to the general public, and the director’s entire future depends on him.

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