Avatar 2
Film information
Directed by

James Cameron

Produced by

Jon Landau
James Cameron

Written by

James Cameron
Josh Friedman


Sam Worthington
Zoë Saldaña
Joel David Moore
Sigourney Weaver
CCH Pounder
Stephen Lang



Editing by

James Cameron


Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

December 18, 2020[1]

Running Time






Gross Revenue


Preceded by


Followed by

Avatar 3

Avatar 2 is a planned sequel to the 2009 film Avatar. The film has been under development since 2010.[2] Cameron has already confirmed the sequel,[3] which will be shot before Battle Angel.[4]

James Cameron has previously stated that the film will likely not be entitled "Avatar 2", since Jake is no longer an avatar at the end of the first movie, but rather a Na'vi.[5] No final title has yet been announced, but an April 2016 press release featured an "Avatar" logo, shown on the right.[6]


Cameron has said in a statement to THR: "In the second and third films, which will be self contained stories that also fulfill a greater story arc, we will not back off the throttle of Avatar's visual and emotional horsepower, and will continue to explore its themes and characters, which touched the hearts of audiences in all cultures around the world. I'm looking forward to returning to Pandora, a world where our imaginations can run wild."[7]

In 2015, Jon Landau confirmed that humans would be returning in the sequel. I think you will definitely have humans in the sequel... There are going to be good humans, there are going to be bad humans, There are going to be good Na'vi, There are going to be bad Na'vi...[8] He also mentioned that there was going to be "action" as well as a "family story".

Avatar 2 will explore the oceans of Pandora, and the team has been developing underwater motion capture technology for this purpose. He also confirmed that Avatar 2 will explore the Na'vi culture more than Avatar. "WETA is working out underwater performance capture for underwater scenes." Landau said, "It's going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie. It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to."[9]

in 2013 James Cameron also stated that the style would be influenced by the master navigator culture of the small pacific civilizations of Micronesia. He was exposed to these cultures during his time on these islands during preparation for his dive in the Marianas Trench.[10]

Throughout 2010 it was also stated that Avatar 2 will contain more volcanoes,[11] and will take place several years after the events of the original film.[12] However, it is worth noting that the script was not completed until almost five years after this date, so things may have changed.

It is intended that the plot be able to stand on its own, but will be part of a meta-narrative that extends across from Avatar 2 to 4.[13]

During promotion for The Shack in February 2017, Sam Worthington mentioned that Avatar 2 will take place eight years after the events of the original film. He also mentioned it having a family narrative while being "bigger" than the first film.[14]


Avatar 2 behind the scenes

a brief glimpse of the set for the sequel, as shown at the D23 expo in Japan.

Before the original film was released, James Cameron talked about turning Avatar into a trilogy of films that would follow Neytiri and Jake Sully.

"I've had a storyline in mind from the start - there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel," Cameron said. "It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan. The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters - that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It'd be a waste not to use it again."

The film's story, schedule and scope have evolved dramatically over the course of its development. The core team participated in numerous interviews throughout 2010, detailing their ambitious plans to produce a sequel with a much shorter production time and a lower budget than the original. Cameron hinted that the heroes will venture to some of Polyphemus's other moons in the film, an idea that was ultimately removed from the story.[15]

Cameron also confirmed that the sequels would be filmed back-to-back,[16] and Sigourney Weaver dropped hints about a possible return and an ambitious shooting schedule through 2012 and 13[17], with an initial release date of December 2014. The sequel may be shot at 48 fps, 60 fps or an even higher frame rate.[18]

Throughout the following years, the story was redefined and expanded, in part due to "overwriting", and the vision for the franchise slowly shifted from a trilogy to a pentalogy.[19] "the characters, settings and creatures" were "pretty much set" by early 2015.[20]

When asked about his involvement with the ongoing franchise that April, James Horner stated that he would stay with it through its entire run "If I last that long".[21] Tragically, James Horner died unexpectedly in a plane crash that June.[22] In August 2016, Stephen Lang stated that they were on track for the 2018 release date.[23]


Cameron continued writing the script alone through at least February 2013,[24] but announced that summer that he would be co-writing the film with Josh Friedman. The script work for the trilogy continued through at least December 2015.[25] In October 2013, Sam Worthington confirmed that the three sequels would be shot back to back starting in fall 2014,[26] however by the end of that year the underwater motion capture technology was still at the drawing board level.[27] Filming ultimately commenced in September 2017, over five years behind the original plan.[28]

To date, the release has been moved seven times, from its original date in December 2014 through to its current December 2020 slot. One of those delays was subject to speculation of a clash with Star Wars- Episode VIII, which had in turn been rescheduled into the same slot.[29] The fifth delay in April 2016 was announced along with the fourth planned sequel.

Avatar2 delays

Months remaining until the most recently announced release date over time. Spikes represent delays, while the gap represents a time when the movie had no firm date.

Release Date Changes
Announcement date Release date
October 10, 2010 December 2014[30]
September 10, 2012 2015[31]
August 2, 2013 December 2016[32]
January 14, 2015 Summer 2018[33]
April 14, 2016 December 2018[34]
March 9, 2017 No firm date[35]
April 22, 2017 18 December 2020[36]

Current StatusEdit

In January 2017, James Cameron stated that he was transitioning from writing to the "active prep" process, with motion capture filming planned for August and his involvement in production every day up until then. Cameron also mentioned the motion capture volume was already running and design work was completed.[37] In February 2017, Sam Worthington stated filming would start in the summer[14] and casting news site My Entertainment Work listed a August 15th start date for filming in Manhattan Beach, California.[38] Zoe Saldana reconfirmed the summer 2017 filming schedule for all four sequels, saying that it probably go "until early next year" shooting.[39] The Avatar Facebook page announced the start of production and a revised release date of December 2020, on April 22nd, 2017.[40] In August 2017, Cameron confirmed that the sequels were in "full tilt" production, with actors going through the virtual sets to help give Cameron information on the scale, position, and lighting for scenes. After the virtual "scouting" shoots, Cameron will be in rehearsals with the principal cast at the end of September.[41] Principal photography will commence on September 25, 2017.[42] Avatar 2 and 3 will be shot back to back and go through post production sequentially, in a "two and two structure" that will also be done for Avatar 4 and 5.[43]

In an article about the casting of Cliff Curtis in a lead role for the four Avatar sequels, it was revealed that New Zealand location filming would start in 2018 at Stone Street Studios in Wellington.[44] Stone Street Studios was previously used for the filming of the first Avatar movie and is in close proximity to Weta Workshop, who worked on digital effects and props for the original film.[45] Weta Digital formally announced they had begun work on the four Avatar sequels on July 30th, 2017.[46]

Pandora: The World of Avatar serves as both a promotional platform for the sequels and physical reference point for the Avatar cast and crew. As the sets for the movies are digital, cast visits to the theme park attraction help provide a sensory experience that wouldn't normally be obtained through motion capture shooting on a sterile set. The scenery for the park also provides a backdrop for photoshoots featuring the cast. The first photos of the "new generation" cast were taken at the park along with video, similar to original cast photo and video taken when the attraction first opened.[47][48][49][50]


The film has been confirmed for an IMAX release as well as the regular format.[51]


Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed for a trilogy. [62] Stephen Lang will return as Miles Quaritch for another four films, though he was killed in the end of Avatar. [54] In 2010 Lang stated "It's not over while I've still got DNA"[63]; his reprisal was confirmed in October 2013.[64] At the Golden Globes, Sigourney Weaver hinted at the return of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, in some form, saying, "If you look at the footage, I don't really... I go somewhere, right? It's science fiction. Anything can happen." [65] The actress later confirmed that she and Cameron had agreed to bring Grace back, commenting, "I'm actually in the tree. I can't promise anything, but I think James Cameron wants to bring the family together", referring to Grace, Jake, Norm, and the other humans that stayed on Pandora or helped the Na'vi. [66] On April 20, 2010 CCH Pounder confirmed that she would return as the Omaticaya Tsahìk Mo'at.[67] Michelle Rodriguez, when asked about the sequel, said that Avatar was like working on Star Wars, and she hoped Trudy Chacon could be in Avatar's sequel.[68]

Giovanni Ribisi has also hinted at a possible return as Parker Selfridge. When asked if he had any information on the sequel that he could share, he said: "Yeah, who knows."[69] He later stated, when asked if he was allowed to say anything about the sequel: "I'm not allowed to say anything." After the interviewer stated that it was "Totally cool", Ribisi responded: "But we'll see."[70] When interviewed by George Lopez about returning for a sequel, Ribisi stated that there had been talk of him returning and it would be "a privelege" to come back in the sequel. [71] Another interview has quoted him as referencing his character's departure from Pandora rather than death, and that there have been many "allusions" to that. [72] Dileep Rao also told reporters he was unable to confirm whether or not he would return for an Avatar sequel, but hinted that the humans would return as the main antagonists. [73]

In January 2011, James Cameron confirmed that most characters would return for Avatar 2, "Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form." [74]In a more recent interview, Sigourney Weaver further commented on returning for an Avatar sequel, stating that James Cameron has already told Weaver the stories for the second and third installments of the Avatar film series. Weaver also commented on her return after a supposed death in the first film, stating that, "Jim [Cameron] says no one ever dies in science fiction."[75]

At the premiere for Fast & Furious 6, Michelle Rodriguez denied her involvement in the film thus far, stating that, despite previous rumors, Cameron had yet to contact her about a role in it, but added that the word of Avatar was a "secret, secret, secret world" and implied that many of the cast members, herself included, probably wouldn't know if they were involved in the film or not until the film started pre-production.[76]

In May 2017, actor Cliff Curtis, known from the Fear the Walking Dead series, was confirmed for a lead role in all four sequels. Curtis will play Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina clan, the reef people clan.[57] In June 2017, actress Oona Chaplin, known from her roles in Game of Thrones and Taboo, was confirmed for a lead role in all four sequels during the CineEurope trade convention in Barcelona, Spain. She will be playing Varang, described as a "strong and vibrant central character".[77] Joel David Moore and CCH Pounder were reconfirmed for the sequels in May and July 2017, respectively.[78][79] In August 2017, Miles Quaritch was confirmed as the antagonist for all four sequels and that Matt Gerald would return as Mile Wainfleet in the sequels.[80][55] Much like Quaritch, Wainfleet's role in the sequel is despite him dying in the first film.

On September 27, 2017, the "new generation" cast for all four sequels was announced, comprised of Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, Trinity Bliss, Bailey Bass, Filip Geljo, Duane Evans Jr., and Jack Champion.[81] Filip Geljo's casting was leaked five days prior to the official announcement by TMZ.[82] On October 3, 2017, Kate Winslet was confirmed for the role of Ronal, twenty years after her leading role on James Cameron's Titanic.[61] Giovanni Ribisi was also confirmed in October to return in his role as Parker Selfridge for all four sequels, though he's shown being evicted from Pandora in the ending to the first film.[56]

In other MediaEdit

During the initial announcements for Pandora: The World of Avatar in 2011, James Cameron stated that the theme park would include elements from the second and third movies.[83] The park opened on May 27, 2017; approximately two and a half years before the release date of the second film.


List of references:

  3. Avatar Sequel Confirmation
  14. 14.0 14.1
  16. James Cameron Announces Avatar 2 & 3 Release Dates
  52. Sigourney Weaver states she will be playing a different character.
  53. CCH Pounder confirms she'll return for Avatar 2.
  54. 54.0 54.1
  55. 55.0 55.1
  56. 56.0 56.1
  57. 57.0 57.1
  59. 59.0 59.1
  61. 61.0 61.1
  63. Stephen Lang Interview
  67. CCH Pounder confirms she'll return for Avatar 2.
  68. Michelle Rodriguez about her Avatar role and sequel
  74. James Cameron Announces Avatar 2 & 3 Release Dates

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