And it only took them 13 years
After years of being alluded to, teased, and promised, James Cameron’s Avatar 2 might finally actually happen. Disney unveiled the first trailer for the film during their presentation at CinemaCon 2022. They then unveiled the full title of the movie as Avatar: The Way of Water. The release date is December 14th worldwide and December 16th in North America.
Producer Jon Landau, who hosted the presentation, talked about the other Avatar sequels and how they will connect to each other.
At the center of each of the four sequels will be the Sully family. Each story will be a stand-alone and each will come to its own conclusion. There will be a fulfilling resolution to each film, but when looked at as a whole the journey across all four will create a larger epic saga.Jon Landau, producer for Avatar: The Way of Water
The teaser trailer will first be available to the public next week. It will exclusively run in cinemas before showings of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which premieres on May 5th in the UK and May 6th in the US. Then, the Avatar 2 teaser will release online a week later.
The trailer, shown to attendees in 3D, shows jaw-dropping underwater visuals with a host of new creatures and wildlife. It also has returning protagonist Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) with his newfound family he made with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
An Avatar of success
James Cameron’s Avatar released in 2009 and is the highest-grossing film of all time to date. Grossing at $2.847 billion, the movie did previously lose the title to Avengers: Endgame in 2019. However, it reclaimed it with a re-release in China in 2021.
Coincidentally, the first film will be getting a global re-release on September 23rd of this year. This version of the film will release with remastered picture and sound.
Talks of a sequel have been happening since before the movie’s release, with Cameron saying in a 2006 interview that the film will get a sequel if it does well. Since the film’s release, four Avatar sequels have been announced. Initially, Cameron planned to start releasing these films in 2014. However, numerous delays have pushed that date to 2022, with sequels beyond The Way of Water being planned to release through to 2028.
So, with the trailer officially releasing online in two weeks, it’ll finally be time to see what Cameron’s been doing all this time.
Are you excited to see the trailer? Do you think these sequels will be as successful as the original film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Or check out our article on the DC film announcements at this year’s CinemaCon!
You can also join our Discord to chat with us about all things film and entertainment!