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Avatar film series
Film information
Directed by

James Cameron

Produced by

James Cameron

Written by

James Cameron

Starring

Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña

Studio

Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

2009-present

Running Time

162 min / 171 min (special edition) / 178 min (extended cut)

Language

English

Budget

US$237,000,000[1] (as of 2009)

Gross Revenue

World gross $2,777,461,400[2]

Avatar is a planned series of science-fiction films produced by Lightstorm Entertainment and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The first installment, Avatar, was released on December 18, 2009. The planned series was announced by 20th Century Fox on December 11, 2009, one week before Avatar was released to theaters. 20th Century Fox has confirmed the series on January 15, 2010. Note that the sequels only have working titles as yet; they will most likely be given different names closer to the release.

Like the original film, the four planned sequels have "fully encapsulated" standalone plots that "come to their own conclusions". All four films have an overarching meta-narrative that connects them and have the Sully family at the center. James Cameron described the sequels as "a natural extension of all the themes, and the characters, and the spiritual undercurrents" of the first film.[3][4]

PlotEdit

AvatarEdit

Avatar was written and directed by James Cameron, and was set in the year 2154.

The story focuses on an epic conflict on Pandora, an inhabited Earth-sized moon of Polyphemus, one of three gas giants orbiting Alpha Centauri A. On Pandora, human colonists and the sentient humanoid indigenous inhabitants of Pandora, the Na'vi, engage in a war over the planet's resources and the latter's continued existence.The film's title refers to the remotely controlled, genetically engineered human-Na'vi bodies used by the film's human characters to interact with the natives.

Avatar 2Edit

Little is known of the storyline of the second film, but it is known that the film will be set several years after the first and will explore the oceans of Pandora. The film was originally planned for a December 2014 release, but has been delayed several times and is currently scheduled for December 2020. Production began in August 2017.[5][6][7][8][9]

Avatar 3Edit

A third film will follow the second, planned for 2021.[8] Interviews in mid 2010 suggested that the third film would explore more of the Alpha Centauri system[10], but the script was not completed until late 2015 so this may have changed. While two additional sequels are planned, their release is dependent on the success of Avatar 2 and 3.[3]

Avatar 4Edit

A fourth film is planned for 2024, with Shane Salerno co-writing it.[11][8]

Avatar 5Edit

A fifth film has been announced, and is scheduled for 2025.[8]

Avatar Prequel Edit

The prequel was originally described as taking place 35 years before the events of the first film with a focus on the first colonists arriving on the planet. Avatar 4 was first mentioned by Cameron in 2012 as a potential prequel concept back when there were only two planned sequels to the original film.[12] In the years since, Avatar 4 has been referred to exclusively as a sequel, with the major April 2016 press release referring to Avatar 2 through 5 as "four sequels".[13] The current status of the prequel is unknown.

ReceptionEdit

The first film was released theatrically starting on December 18, 2009. As of December 27, 2009, the film has officially budgeted at $237 million; other estimates put the cost at $280 – $310 million to produce and an estimated $150 million for marketing. However, the film is currently the highest grossing film in history, taking $2,781,132,032 worldwide. The film also spawned numerous related merchandise, including a series of video games, guidebooks and other collectibles. The film was well received critically and received many awards.

CastEdit

External linksEdit

  • Avatar at the Internet Movie Database

References Edit

  1. The Wrap
  2. Box Office Mojo
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/james-cameron-titanic-20th-anniversary-avatar-terminator-fox-studios-sale
  4. http://deadline.com/2017/06/avatar-sequels-update-production-start-cineeurope-1202117103/
  5. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/09/10/james-cameron-avatar-sequels-a-daunting-writing-task/
  6. http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/avatar-sequels-upped-to-three-avatar-2-due-in-december-2016/
  7. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/29/james-cameron-on-the-trump-administration-these-people-are-insane.html
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 https://www.facebook.com/Avatar/photos/a.131878604063.108571.82771544063/10154838757419064/?type=3
  9. http://ew.com/movies/2017/08/24/james-cameron-avatar-sequels-production/
  10. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=65366 Avatar 3 will explore Alpha Centauri's star system.
  11. http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/avatar-sequels-upped-to-three-avatar-2-due-in-december-2016/
  12. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1693478/james-cameron-avatar-4.jhtml
  13. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cinemacon-james-cameron-announces-four-884060

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