Producer Jon Landau has given fans a taste of what to expect from the long awaited Avatar sequel by releasing concept art from the forthcoming film.
The movie – one of four planned additions to the science fiction franchise – is expected to go on general release in 2022, 13-years after the first film wowed cinema-goers upon its initial release in 2009.
With filming reportedly completed, Landau whetted the appetite on Monday evening by unveiling one of the many visual designs drawn up as producers expand the sprawling world of Pandora.
Interesting: Producer Jon Landau has given fans a taste of what to expect from the long awaited Avatar sequel by releasing concept art from the forthcoming film
Taking to Instagram, the franchise producer released an image of the lush, tropical planet’s Metkayina village – a concept illustration created by Jonathan Bach.
The village, built across a large stretch of water, is thought to be located on Pandora’s reef and is another extension of the world populated by the sentient, blue-skinned Na’vi clan.
However it’s understood that Metkayina inhabitants live ‘different lifestyles’ and adopt different cultures to those featured in the original film.
Impressive: The producer previously shared an image of actress Kate Winslet shooting scenes for the new film, which will once again be helmed by director James Cameron, while submerged in water
Captioning the image, Landau wrote: ‘Tomorrow, as part of our Behind Pandora stories, we will be featuring concept artist Jonathan Bach.
‘In advance of that, I thought I would share a concept illustration he created of the Metkayina village. This is just one of the many incredible images that he and the rest of our art department have created for the Avatar sequels. Thank you to everyone on the production design team!’
The producer previously shared an image of actress Kate Winslet shooting scenes for the new film, which will once again be helmed by writer-director James Cameron, while submerged in water.
Hard at work: British star Kate posed at the bottom of a water tank while shooting the eagerly-anticipated sequel, in which she plays ‘a water person’ called Ronal
British star Kate posed at the bottom of a water tank with a billowing cape while shooting the eagerly-anticipated sequel, in which she plays ‘a water person’ called Ronal.
In the caption for the image posted to Instagram, Landau quoted Kate, writing: ‘Wanted to share this photo of Kate Winslet after reading her interview in The Hollywood Reporter… ‘
Paraphrasing a line from the interview, he added: ‘[She said: “I had to learn how to free-dive to play that role in Avatar, and that was just incredible. My longest breath hold was seven minutes and 14 seconds, like crazy, crazy stuff”…
Blockbuster:Released in 2009, the James Cameron directed Avatar starred Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana
‘She stops herself, afraid that she’s given away too much on the top-secret project. “Oh no, actually, I can’t. Yeah, I play a water person. I am a water person,” is all she will offer, instead shifting to praise of Cameron”.’
In September director Cameron revealed live-action filming is ‘100 % complete’ on the new film, despite delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The filmmaker made the big reveal during an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, which included more welcomed news about the third installment in the franchise that’s being shot simultaneously in New Zealand.
Brains behind blockbusters: Cameron, who wrote and directed the original film, has been working on the Avatar sequels in New Zealand
Talking to Schwarzenegger ahead of the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference, Cameron first addressed the impact that the coronavirus crisis has had on the filming process that started back in August 2017 in California.
He said: ‘We lost about four-and-a-half months of production. As a result of that we rolled [the premiere date] around one more full year for a release in December of 2022.’
Despite the pandemic, Cameron acknowledged he and his crew were lucky to have chosen New Zealand as their main production site, with the country lauded for its rapid COVID-19 response.
‘We are able to operate. we’re able to shoot, and we’re able to more or less have a normal life here right now,’ he added.
Old friends and colleagues: Cameron previously gave the updates on the Avatar sequels during a video call that was posted on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s YouTube channel
Avatar 2 is said to take place 12 years after the events of the first movie, following Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, as he continues to roam the planet of Pandora with the new family he has with Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana.
It also stars Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Edie Falco, Cliff Curtis, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.
Avatar 2 is currently slated to premiere on December 16, 2022 and Avatar 3 on December 20, 2024.
There are also plans for two more sequels that have release dates of December 18, 2026 and December 22, 2028, respectively, although Cameron has stated that they wouldn’t be made if Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 don’t make any money.
The original 2009 film became the highest-grossing movie of all time, raking-in $2.79 billion worldwide on a $237 million budget and winning nine Academy Award nominations.
Exciting: Avatar 2 is said to take place 12 years after the events of the first movie, following Jake Sully, played by Worthington, as he continues to roam the planet of Pandora