There’s a lot of buzz building for Avatar 2 this week, thanks to the reportedly incredible presentation Disney gave at CinemaCon.
In addition to debuting the film’s official logo, a teaser was also shown to those in attendance. With one of Disney’s most anticipated films of the year dropping next week – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – and the company being notorious for cross-promoting it’s content, we believe that fans only have to wait a little bit longer to see that teaser themselves.
The fact that a trailer is on the horizon isn’t even the most exciting news to come from the convention though. Sure, it’s a film that’s been 13 years in the making, but when it finally arrives in theaters this Winter, it’s going to be making history before it even makes a single dollar at the box office.
At CinemaCon, John Fithian, who is the President of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), an organization which represents numerous movie theater chains across the United States teased that the film would have more versions released in theaters than any other movie “in the history of movies.”
What does this mean? Well, of course the film will be released in digital and 3D (how could it not be?) and IMAX, but Fithian explains that the film will available in numerous theaters in “high resolution, high frame rates…different sound systems and in 160 different languages.” The last point is especially important, considering that the Na’vi language is pretty much made up and has to be translated appropriately for the entire world to understand.
While he points out that some of the formats the film is being adapted for, like PLF or ScreenX, are only available in a handful of theaters around the world, he also says that it is director James Cameron’s mission to make sure the film looks the same on all of them. That is how he intends to push the boundaries of cinema for this next installment of the franchise.
Fithian added that Cameron is essentially pouring his blood, sweat, and tears into the film to make it not only the best possible film ever, but the best possible movie-going experience too.
And if that sounds ambitious, just know that while filming Cameron confirmed the use of brand new technology, developed by the film projector company Christie, that allowed him to view his footage the way audiences will see it even as it’s still in production.
Avatar 2, which will officially be released under the title Avatar: The Way of Water will not only see the return of James Cameron behind the camera, but will also feature Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald in their original starring roles too.
Meanwhile Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, and CJ Jones join the franchise as brand new characters. Sigourney Weaver will also return; however, she’ll be playing a total different character this time around.
After years of being pushed back, the film is (finally) slated to be released on December 16, 2022, with three subsequent sequels scheduled to be released on December 20, 2024, December 18, 2026 and December 22, 2028 respectively.
Prior to its release, the original film will be re-released in theaters this September.
SOURCE: THR (CinemaCon)