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James Cameron: “If Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5”

After close to a decade in development, production is now finally underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, with the filmmaker embarking on his hugely ambitious plan to shoot four films consecutively. The production will however be taking a break between the first two sequels and the latter two, and it seems that Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 may not yet be set in stone.

“Let’s face it, if Avatar 2 and 3 don’t make enough money, there’s not going to be a 4 and 5,” Cameron tells Vanity Fair. “They’re fully encapsulated stories in and of themselves. It builds across the five films to a greater kind of meta narrative, but they’re fully formed films in their own right, unlike, say, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, where you really just had to sort of go, ‘Oh, shit, all right, well I guess I better come back next year.
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James Cameron has ‘Cracked the Code” on Underwater Mo-Cap System for ‘Avatar’ Sequels

James Cameron has always been at the forefront of technology when making a movie. From the groundbreaking effects in ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day‘ to the invention of the motion capture technology used in the first ‘Avatar‘, Cameron always seems to be developing some new technology for his current project. Cameron’s output in the last decade of his career has pretty much been contained within the aforementioned ‘Avatar‘, as well as a few documentaries. But that doesn’t mean that James Cameron hasn’t been busy developing new technology in the meantime.

Since the release of ‘Avatar’ in late 2009 (hard to believe that was almost 8 years ago) Cameron has been busy developing the technology (and story) to build out the ‘Avatar‘ universe in interesting and unique ways. It was reported back in 2010 that the sequels would take place largely in an underwater environment, but is seems that, according to James Cameron,
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James Cameron on the technical challenges of shooting underwater on the Avatar sequels

Although plot details on James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels are being kept tightly under wraps, we do know that the movies will explore the oceans of Pandora, with Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in particular set to feature a number of underwater sequences.

Given that the Avatar movies rely heavily on performance capture, this change of environment has raised a number of technical challenges for Cameron and his crew, which the filmmaker has discussed in a recent interview with Collider.

“It’s never been done before and it’s very tricky because our motion capture system, like most motion capture systems, is what they call optical base, meaning that it uses markers that are photographed with hundreds of cameras,” said Cameron. “The problem with water is not the underwater part, but the interface between the air and the water, which forms a moving mirror. That moving mirror reflects all the dots and markers,
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A Guide to the Serial Killers (and Infamous Murderers) Taking Over Film and TV

From Jack the Ripper to John Wayne Gacy to Aileen Wuornos, the horrific legacies of serial killers have managed to both appall and intrigue, as people attempt to explore and understand the darkest depths of the human psyche. Hollywood has mined this territory for years, with dozens of scripted true-crime movies and TV series exploring the “why” of those who snap.

But why are we so obsessed? Alex Wolff, who stars in the new movie My Friend Dahmer, about the high school years of the notorious mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, has a theory. “People are interested in seeing how things happen and maybe finding out what things could be different,” he tells Et. “Like, what is it about him that’s so different from me, or my next-door neighbor who seems a little bit off? That’s why people are interested in seeing the birth of things like this -- for their own comfort, for their own life
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Watch the New Cast of ‘The Avatar Sequels’ Visit Pandora at Animal Kingdom

With the announcement that filming was finally starting on The Avatar Sequels (official title, for now) also came the news that a number of new cast additions were being made to the next four Avatar movies. Director James Cameron has added a host of young actors to play the offspring of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) in the films, as well as other young characters that populate the world of Pandora. As you can imagine, performing a motion-capture role may be a bit of a stretch for a young performer, so producer Jon Landau took all …
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Giovanni Ribisi returning for all four Avatar sequels

With production underway on James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, Deadline is reporting that Giovanni Ribisi has become the latest cast member from the original movie to sign on for all four of the new films.

Ribisi reprises his role of Parker Selfridge, head administrator of the Rda responsible for the mining operations on Pandora. He joins fellow returnees Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Cch Pounder, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, while new additions to the cast include Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, and Duane Evans Jr.

Avatar 2 will open on December 18th 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17th 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20th 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19th 2025.
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Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels

Giovanni Ribisi Returns for All Four Avatar Sequels
With Avatar 2 and the rest of the Avatar sequels starting production just a few weeks ago, the cast continues to be rounded out, with the latest addition returning from the original blockbuster Avatar. Giovanni Ribisi has come aboard to reprise his role as Parker Selfridge from the original Avatar, joining returning stars such as Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch), Cch Pounder (Moat) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet). This also comes a few weeks after the young Avatar 2 cast was announced, which make up the Sully family, members of the Metkayina Clan and a former Hell's Gate Adolescent.

Giovanni Ribisi also joins a slew of new cast members including Cliff Curtis as Tonowari, the leader of the Pandora underwater reef clan known as the Metkayina Clan, Oona Chaplin as a new character named Varang and Kate Winslet,
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Kate Winslet Joins Avatar Sequels, Reuniting with James Cameron

Kate Winslet Joins Avatar Sequels, Reuniting with James Cameron
Kate Winslet has officially joined the cast of Avatar 2, two decades after working with James Cameron on Titanic. Filming for the long awaited four Avatar sequels began in late September, with a reported production budget of over $1 billion dollars, making it the most expensive movie series in history. The first Avatar, released in 2009, is the highest-grossing worldwide release of all time with a whopping $2.7 billion dollars and it looks as if Cameron and the studio are placing their bets that the upcoming sequence will be on par with the first installment.

Deadline reports that Kate Winslet has joined the world of Avatar in a starring role as Ronal. Reuniting with director James Cameron is something that both the actress and director have been wanting to do since they made hugely successful Titanic back in 1997. James Cameron revealed that working with Winslet on Titanic was one of the most rewarding events of his career.
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Kate Winslet and Jame Cameron Are Reuniting - Not For Titanic 2, Sadly

Exactly two decades after they worked together on Titanic, James Cameron and Kate Winslet are reuniting for the long-awaited Avatar sequel. The venerated actress has officially signed on for a starring role in Avatar 2, Deadline Hollywood reports. Winslet will star alongside Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, both of whom are reprising their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully. "Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career," Cameron told Deadline Hollywood. "I can't wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life." Unfortunately, Cameron has yet to divulge any details about the new character. RelatedShut the Front Door: Kate and Leo Still Quote Titanic to Each Other In addition to its leads, the Avatar sequels also enlisted seven young actors who will presumably play the new generation living in Pandora,
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Kate Winslet Joins The Cast Of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Kate Winslet will reunite with her Titanic director James Cameron for the Avatar sequels, which are now in-production.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron told trade blog Deadline. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

There’s no explanation as to who Ronal is, or how many of the films she will appear in.

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver are returning for the sequels to the 2009 movie, which still remains the highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box-office. Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin are also amongst the cast, whilst Stephen Lang will return as Colonel Miles Quaritch as the movies’ main villain.

Avatar 2 will debut in cinemas
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Kate Winslet will reunite with James Cameron for Avatar sequels

James Cameron has begun production on his ambitious sequels for Avatar, but that apparently hasn’t stopped him from adding cast members to the films. Now, according to Deadline, Cameron is set to reunite with an actress from his second-highest grossing movie, with Kate Winslet joining Avatar 2 and its sequels – marking the the first time she and Cameron have worked together since 1997’s Titanic – with Winslet set to play a character named Ronal.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

Its unknown right now if Winslet will be playing a human character or a member of a Na’vi clan. Last week Cameron revealed the group of young actors who will be
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Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Kate Winslet to Reunite With James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ Sequels
Kate Winslet has come on board James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels, reuniting with the director two decades after they collaborated on “Titanic.”

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on ‘Titanic,’ which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” Cameron said. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

Cameron began filming the first of the four Fox movies last week in California. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains the all-time worldwide box office champion with $2.8 billion — first announced plans for four pics in 2016. He had initially envisioned two sequels, but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists,
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‘Avatar’ Sequels Begin Shooting, Reportedly Costing $1 Billion

It’s been nearly eight years since ‘Avatar‘ was released, but the road up to production on the ‘Avatar‘ sequels has been long and difficult. After years of production delays and an extended pre-production period to develop underwater Motion Capture technology, Director James Cameron‘s multi-film opus has finally entered production. Four concurrent sequels–‘Avatar 2‘, Avatar 3‘, ‘Avatar 4‘, and ‘Avatar 5‘– are currently shooting in Australia.

In addition to the production announcement, Deadline reports that the costs for the production of the four films is estimated to surpass $1 Billion. While this may seem like a very hefty number on the outset, when you consider that he’s making 4 movies that equal out to about $250 million per sequel. Cameron is used to making some of the most expensive movies of all-time (Avatar, Titanic, and Terminator 2 were all the most expensive films when they were released). So it’s hard
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It's a good day for sci-fi with Avatar sequel news and the first trailer for Annihilation released!

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It's a good day for sci-fi with Avatar sequel news and the first trailer for Annihilation released!It's a good day for sci-fi with Avatar sequel news and the first trailer for Annihilation released!Amanda Wood9/27/2017 3:37:00 Pm

If mysterious otherworldly movies are your thing, then you’re going to love today’s movie news. We can personally guarantee it.

First up is the announcement from acclaimed director James Cameron that work has begun on his highly-anticipated Avatar sequels. There will be four (!!!) new Avatar movies sometime in the relatively near future, but we’ll have to wait until December 18th, 2020 to see the first one. In the meantime, check out this pic of some of the new cast members! Some will be playing the Na’vi offspring of Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana’s characters from the first film, while others will play the kids of humans working on Pandora.
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‘Avatar’ Sequels: First Images Of Cast Revealed

‘Avatar’ Sequels: First Images Of Cast Revealed
20th Century Fox has shared the first look at the brand new actors joining returning Avatar cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Cch Pounder, and Stephen Lang for the forthcoming sequels. Game of Thrones star Oona Chaplin is also starring in an unknown role. Appropriately shot at The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the new sequels feature a young batch of actors. This includes Jake (Worthington) and Neytiri’s (Saldana) children. Jamie Fl…
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‘Avatar’ Sequel: First Photos of New Cast Members Unveiled

‘Avatar’ Sequel: First Photos of New Cast Members Unveiled
20th Century Fox has revealed the newest cast members and images for the Avatar sequel, following Monday’s start of production in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Members of the Sully family include Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, and Trinity Bliss. New cast members for the Metkayina clan include Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo and Duane Evans Jr. Jack Champion will portray Javier “Spider” Socorro, a human teenager born at Hell’s Gate. But he prefers his time in the rainforest of Pandora more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.

The four sequels will hit theaters starting on Dec. 18, 2020 for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open on Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a three-year break for “Avatar 4,” set for Dec. 20, 2024. “Avatar 5” will then debut on Dec. 19, 2025.

James Cameron announced at CinemaCon in 2016 that he would make four sequels to “Avatar,” promising that the films would start hitting theaters in 2018. The creator of the original “Avatar” — the 2009 fantasy epic that remains
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Avatar 2 casts Sully family and Na’vi clans, James Cameron reveals shooting details for sequels

As James Cameron begins production on Avatar 2 and its sequels, the official Facebook page has announced the casting of several young actors in the series. They will portray children the children of Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri as well as children of the Metkayina Clan, led by Cliff Curtis. Only one of them will remain a human, born at the military base Hell’s Gate from the first film. Avatar 2 released a picture of the young cast with the announcement…

Pictured from left to right is Jack Champion, playing (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, producer Jon Landau
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'Avatar 2' Introduces 7 Young Castmembers

'Avatar 2' Introduces 7 Young Castmembers
The Avatar family is getting a little bigger.

James Cameron's Avatar 2 will introduce seven young castmembers, who will take a trip to Pandora.

The new characters 20th Century Fox unveiled Wednesday include three children from the Sully family (the offspring of Zoe Saldana's Neytiri and Sam Worthington's Jake). 

Jamie Flatters plays Neteyam, the eldest child, while Britain Dalton plays second-born Lo'ak and Trinity Bliss rounds out the family as the youngest, Tuktirey.

There are also three young members of the Metkayina clan of reef people, with Bailey Bass playing a skilled freediver named Tsireya (described as like a young Neytiri of the ocean). Filip Geljo is playing Aonung, a hunter/free...
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Avatar sequels begin production with budget in excess of $1 billion

After years of development and pushed back release dates, cameras have now officially started rolling on James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels, with production getting underway today in Manhattan beach.

The four follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time have a reported budget in excess of $1 billion, and will be shot together in succession in 3D. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it has been said that parts of the films will take place underwater, while Stephen Lang’s Colonel Quaritch will be the main villain across all of the sequels. Meanwhile, Sam Worthington has also said that Avatar 2 in particular will have a focus on family.

See Also: James Cameron isn’t concerned about the long gap between Avatar movies

The Avatar sequels will featuring returning cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Cch Pounder, Matt Gerald, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, while
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