Avatar 3

Avatar 3[3] is an upcoming American epic science fiction film directed, produced, co-written, and co-edited by James Cameron, scheduled to be released on December 20, 2024.[4] It is the second of four planned sequels to his film Avatar (2009) and will be the sequel to Avatar 2 (2022), making it the third film in the Avatar franchise. Cameron is producing the film with Jon Landau, with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver originally announced as his co-writers; it was later announced that Cameron, Jaffa, Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno took a part in the writing process of all of the sequels before being assigned to finish the separate scripts, making the eventual writing credits unclear.[5][6][7][8][9] Cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Dileep Rao, and Matt Gerald are all expected to return from the first two films. Reprising their roles from the second film are Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin.[10]

Avatar 3
Directed byJames Cameron
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
StarringSam Worthington
Zoe Saldana
Stephen Lang
Sigourney Weaver
CinematographyRussell Carpenter
Edited byDavid Brenner
James Cameron
John Refoua
Stephen E. Rivkin
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release date
  • December 20, 2024 (2024-12-20) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1 billion
(Shared with the second film, fourth and fifth films)[2]

Avatar 3 started shooting simultaneously with Avatar 2 on August 15, 2017. Two additional sequels will start shooting as soon as the first two wrap post-production and are expected to be released on December 18, 2026, and December 22, 2028, respectively.

CastEdit

Na'vi
  • Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, a former human who fell in love with Neytiri and befriended the Na'vi after becoming a part of the Avatar Program, eventually taking their side in their conflict with humans and leading them to victory; at the end of the first film, he becomes the new leader of the Omaticaya (the Na'vi clan central to the story) and transfers his mind into his avatar permanently.[11][12]
  • Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, Jake's consort and daughter to the previous clan chief.[11]
  • CCH Pounder as Mo'at, the Omaticaya's spiritual leader and Neytiri's mother.[13][14]
  • Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the reef people clan of Metkayina.[15][16]
  • David Thewlis in an undisclosed role. Although he stayed secretive about the nature of his character, Thewlis mentioned that he has "a lot to do in [the films]", that his role requires motion capture, and that he will be featured in Avatar 3 to 5.[17][18][19] He mentioned in January 2020 that his character was a Na'vi.[20][17][21][22]
Human
  • Joel David Moore as Dr. Norm Spellman, a former part of the Avatar Program who chose to side with the Na'vi in the first film.[23]
  • Matt Gerald as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet, a Na'vi hating military man.[24]
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge, the corporate administrator for the RDA mining operation in the first film.[25]
  • Dileep Rao as Dr. Max Patel, a scientist who worked in the Avatar Program and came to support Jake's rebellion against the RDA.[26]
  • Edie Falco as General Ardmore, the commander in charge of the RDA's interests.[27]
  • Brendan Cowell as Mick Scoresby, captain of a hunting vessel on Pandora.[28]
  • Michelle Yeoh as Dr. Karina Mogue[29]
  • Jemaine Clement as Dr. Ian Garvin[30]
Unknown
  • Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch, who led his kind in their conflict with the Na'vi in the first film. Although the character died at the end of Avatar, Cameron confirmed in 2010 that Lang would return in the first three sequels, stating "I'm not going to say exactly how we're bringing him back, but it's a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga."[31] He later stated that Quaritch would act as main antagonist once again, in all four sequels.[32]
  • Sigourney Weaver; Weaver originally appeared in the first film as Dr. Grace Augustine, a human who takes the side of the Na'vi and dies during the conflict. Although both Weaver and Cameron confirmed that Weaver would return in the sequels, she stated in 2014 that she would not play the same character.[33][34][35]
  • Oona Chaplin as Varang, a "strong and vibrant central character who spans the entire saga of the sequels".[36][37][38]

ProductionEdit

On July 31, 2017, it was announced that the New Zealand-based visual effects studio Weta Digital had commenced work on the Avatar sequels.[39]

CastingEdit

In August 2017, Matt Gerald had officially signed on to portray his first film's role Corporal Lyle Wainfleet in all upcoming sequels.[24] In August 2017, in an interview with Empire, Cameron revealed that Stephen Lang would not only be returning in all four sequels but he would also be the main villain in all four films.[31] On October 3, 2017, Kate Winslet had signed on in all four sequels for an unspecified role in the film which was described by Cameron as "Ronal".[40] On January 25, 2018, Dileep Rao was confirmed to return as Dr. Max Patel.[26]

In April 2018, David Thewlis revealed his involvement in the franchise, stating that he would be featured in three of the four sequels, later stating in January 2020 that his character was a Na'vi.[41][17][18] This lead to Thewlis being largely reported as part of the cast of Avatar 2; however, he stated in June 2020 that the reports were wrong, and that he would actually be a part of Avatar 3 to 5.[22]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography on the Avatar 2 and 3 began simultaneously on September 25, 2017, in Manhattan Beach, California.[42] On November 14, 2018, Cameron announced filming with the principal performance capture cast had been completed.[43] Filming on the next two sequels will begin after wrapping the post-production on first two sequels.[44]

According to producer Jon Landau, live-action filming for Avatar 3 and its predecessor commenced in New Zealand in early 2019.[45]

On March 17, 2020, Landau announced that the filming of the Avatar sequel films in New Zealand had been postponed indefinitely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also confirmed that production would remain in Los Angeles.[46] However, work on visual effects will continue at Weta Digital in Wellington.[47]

In early May, health and safety production protocols have been endorsed by the New Zealand government, allowing filming to resume in the country. However the production team for the Avatar sequels has not yet returned to New Zealand.[48] On May 31, part of the Avatar crew including James Cameron were granted entry into New Zealand under a special visa category for border exemptions for foreigners deemed essential to a project of "significant economic value."[49] On June 1, 2020, Landau posted a picture of himself and Cameron on Instagram, showing that they had returned to New Zealand to resume filming. After their arrival, all 55 crew members who had traveled to New Zealand started a 2-week government-supervised isolation period at a hotel in Wellington before they would resume filming. This would make Avatar 2 and 3 the first major Hollywood blockbusters to resume production after postponing filming due to the pandemic.[50][51][52][53]

ReleaseEdit

Avatar 3 is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2024, by 20th Century Studios, two years after the release of Avatar 2 on December 16, 2022.[54][55]

SequelsEdit

Avatar 3 is the second of four planned sequels to Avatar. Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are planned to follow after the third film's release. Although the last two sequels have been reportedly greenlit, Cameron stated in a November 26, 2017 interview: "Let's face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don't make enough money, there's not going to be a 4 and 5".[56] David Thewlis later confirmed this in February 2018, stating "they're making 2 and 3, they're gonna see if people go and see them, and then they'll make 4 and 5".[17] Conversely, Sigourney Weaver stated in November 2018, after the first two sequels had completed main photography, that she was currently "busy doing Avatar 4 and 5", which several media outlets interpreted as confirmation that the last two sequels had started filming.[57][58][59] In January 2019, in face of the proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that both Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are being developed but haven't been officially greenlit.[60] According to producer Jon Landau in February 2019, Iger may have been misinterpreted. He said that Avatar 4 and 5 ″are not only [greenlit]″ but also a third of Avatar 4 has already been filmed.[61]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vijay, Amar (November 26, 2014). "James Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels". Empire. Archived from the original on April 28, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Chris Cabin (September 30, 2017). "The 'Avatar' Sequels "Will Be the Most Expensive Movies of All Time," According to Fox". Collider. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Sharf, Zack (February 7, 2019). "James Cameron Verifies Those Crazy 'Avatar' Sequel Titles, But They Aren't Locked Just Yet". IndieWire. Archived from the original on January 2, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (April 22, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequel Release Dates Set, Starting in December 2020". Variety. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike (August 1, 2013). "'Avatar' Sequels Upped To Three; Fox, James Cameron Set Trio of Writers to Spearhead". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "James Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels". Empire. November 26, 2014. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "James Cameron Opens Up About 'Avatar' Sequels". Inquisitr. November 28, 2014. Archived from the original on October 22, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "James Cameron Has Found Avatar's Darth Vader: It's Stephen Lang". Deadline Hollywood. October 22, 2013. Archived from the original on October 26, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Avatar 2 Filming Starts This Week!". SuperHeroHype. September 25, 2017. Archived from the original on July 13, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Avatar 3 Upcoming American Movie". Youth Press Pakistan. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "James Cameron Planning 'Avatar' Trilogy". Yahoo!. January 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  12. ^ Eric Ditzian (December 21, 2009). "James Cameron Talks 'Avatar' Sequel Plans". MTV. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  13. ^ Dave McNary (July 24, 2017). "CCH Pounder to Return for 'Avatar' Sequels". Variety. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Patrick Hipes (July 24, 2017). "CCH Pounder Rejoins 'Avatar' Team For Sequels". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Adam Chitwood (May 9, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequels Add 'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Cliff Curtis in Lead Role". Collider. Archived from the original on September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (May 9, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequels Update: 'Fear The Walking Dead's Cliff Curtis Signs On For Lead Role". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d "David Thewlis Updates on Avatar 2 & Avatar 3 & working with James Cameron". YouTube. HeyUGuys. Archived from the original on July 13, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "David Thewlis Joins Avatar Sequels Cast". RCNTV. RedCarpetNewsTV. Archived from the original on April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "David Thewlis Says He's Not in 'Avatar 2', But He's in 3, 4 and 5". Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  20. ^ "David Thewlis Talks 'Avatar' Sequels". ET Canada. Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  21. ^ Gemmill, Allie. "David Thewlis Says He's Not in 'Avatar 2', But He's in 3, 4 and 5". Collider. Collider. Archived from the original on June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  22. ^ a b "'HARRY POTTER' STAR DAVID THEWLIS SAYS HE'S NOT IN 'AVATAR 2' BUT WILL BE IN 'AVATAR 3' AND OTHER FILMS". Tampa Dispatch. Archived from the original on June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  23. ^ Amanda N'Duka (May 31, 2017). "Joel David Moore Returning For 'Avatar' Sequels". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  24. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 7, 2017). "Matt Gerald Returning To James Cameron's 'Avatar' World; Boards Crackle's 'The Oath'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  25. ^ Amanda N'Duka (October 13, 2017). "'Avatar': Giovanni Ribisi Returning For All Four Sequels". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  26. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (January 25, 2018). "Dileep Rao To Reprise His Role In James Cameron's 'Avatar' Films". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  27. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 6, 2019). "Edie Falco Joins James Cameron's 'Avatar' Franchise". Archived from the original on April 25, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  28. ^ "'Avatar' Sequels Cast 'Game of Thrones' Actor Brendan Cowell". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  29. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 15, 2019). "Michelle Yeoh Boards 'Avatar' Sequels". Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  30. ^ McNary, Dave (May 15, 2019). "James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels Casts Jemaine Clement". Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  31. ^ a b Dyer, James (August 8, 2017). "James Cameron Reveals Avatar Sequel Details". Empire. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  32. ^ Max Evry (August 8, 2017). "Colonel Quaritch Will be the Main Villain in the Avatar Sequels". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  33. ^ "BBC News – Sigourney Weaver Avatar 2 role confirmed". BBC News. September 18, 2011. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  34. ^ "Avatar 2 Movie Spoilers, Release Date: Sigourney Weaver Alive, Will Play Crucial Role in New Trilogy". BreatheCast. September 16, 2014. Archived from the original on August 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  35. ^ "Avatar 2 Will See Sigourney Weaver Play a Brand New Character". Archived from the original on June 7, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  36. ^ Dave McNary (June 20, 2017). "'Games of Thrones' Star Oona Chaplin Joins James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels". Variety. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  37. ^ Rebecca Ford (June 20, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequels Add 'Game of Thrones' Actress Oona Chaplin". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  38. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (August 7, 2017). "Matt Gerald Returning To James Cameron's 'Avatar' World; Boards Crackle's 'The Oath'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  39. ^ Caranicas, Peter (July 31, 2017). "'Avatar' Sequels Progress to Next Level as Weta Digital Begins Visual Effects Work". Variety. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  40. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (October 3, 2017). "Kate Winslet Joins 'Avatar' Universe For 'Titanic' Reunion With James Cameron". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  41. ^ "David Thewlis Talks 'Avatar' Sequels". ET Canada. Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  42. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (September 25, 2017). "'Avatar' Starts Production Today On Four Consecutive Sequels At Over $1 Billion Budget". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  43. ^ Geoff Boucher (November 14, 2018). "James Cameron: The 'Avatar' Sequels Have Wrapped Production". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  44. ^ Masters, Kim (September 27, 2017). "James Cameron Doubles Down on 'Wonder Woman' Critique, Details the 'Avatar' Sequels". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  45. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 7, 2019). "Exclusive: 'Avatar' Sequels Begin Filming Live-Action Sequences This Spring in New Zealand". Archived from the original on January 6, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  46. ^ Dillane, Tom (March 17, 2020). "Coronavirus in NZ: James Cameron's Avatar filming delayed indefinitely". New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  47. ^ Landau, Jon (March 19, 2020). "Production of Avatar sequels delayed; visual effects work continues at Weta Digital". Scoop. Archived from the original on March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  48. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (May 7, 2020). "New Zealand Returns To Production, Paving Way For 'Avatar' Sequels & 'The Lord Of The Rings' Series To Resume Filming". Scoop. Archived from the original on May 7, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
  49. ^ "Avatar crew touch down in Wellington". New Zealand Herald. May 31, 2020. Archived from the original on July 2, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  50. ^ "Jon Landau (@jonplandau) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  51. ^ "James Cameron lands in New Zealand to resume the production of Avatar 2". Pinkvilla. June 1, 2020. Archived from the original on June 9, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  52. ^ Sharf, Zack (June 1, 2020). "James Cameron Goes Into 14-Day New Zealand Quarantine Before 'Avatar 2' Restarts Filming". IndieWire. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  53. ^ Pasley, James (June 3, 2020). "New Zealand government is slammed for letting 'Avatar 2' film crew land during lockdown, classifying them as 'essential workers'". Insider. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  54. ^ Reimann, Tom (July 23, 2020). "The 'Avatar' Sequels Have Been Delayed Again, So I Guess Things Are Returning to Normal". Collider. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  55. ^ Lang, Brent; Rubin, Rebecca (May 7, 2019). "Disney Announces New 'Star Wars' Films, Moves 'Avatar' Sequels". Variety. Archived from the original on May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  56. ^ Rebecca Keegan (November 26, 2017). "James Cameron on Titanic's Legacy and the Impact of a Fox Studio Sale". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  57. ^ "'AVATAR 2' DOESN'T COME OUT FOR 2 YEARS, BUT SIGOURNEY WEAVER IS ALREADY WORKING ON 'AVATAR 4'". Screen Crush. Archived from the original on November 27, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  58. ^ "'Alien 5': Sigourney Weaver Says James Cameron Liked Blomkamp's Idea". comicbook.com. October 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 27, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  59. ^ "'Avatar 4' and '5' Already Filming, Loses Papyrus Font, Sigourney Weaver Talks About Shooting Underwater". /Film. October 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 27, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  60. ^ "Disney's Bob Iger Talks Streaming, Park Plans, and Learning From Kodak". Barron's. January 8, 2019. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  61. ^ HeyUGuys (February 3, 2019). "Alita: Battle Angel - The Cast & Filmmakers discuss making the Manga epic". YouTube. Archived from the original on July 13, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.

External linksEdit