Disney has unveiled the first trailer for James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel to CinemaCon attendees, offering not only an early peek at the highly anticipated film but also its official title—Avatar: The Way of Water. The trailer will premiere exclusively in cinemas with Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and won’t be available to watch online until a week later, but producer Jon Landau, who introduced the footage at CinemaCon, has confirmed that the sequel is merely one part of a larger, four-part saga. Avatar: The Way of Water is set for release overseas on December 14, followed by a December 16 debut in the U.S.
“One of the strengths of Jim Cameron’s scripts is they are always universal and relatable themes that he weaves into them,” Landau told the audience. “At the center of each of the four sequels will be the Sully family. Each story will be a stand-alone and each will come to its own conclusion. [There will be a] fulfilling resolution to each film, but when looked at as a whole the journey across all four will create a larger epic saga.”
“I just want you to hear it from me: Jon and I are here to work with you,” Cameron added via web broadcast. “The best way is by delivering content that is a must-see experience at the cinema.”
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The logline on the movie: Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.
As Cameron always promised, Avatar 2 takes place in and around the ocean. Sully and Neytiri have children. “Wherever we go,” says Sully, “I know one thing: this family is our fortress.” The sequel looks even more jaw-dropping in its deep-blue visuals than the 2009 film. All new creatures: We see the Na’vi on flying fish bird creatures, communing with a whale, and yet somehow divided despite their affinity with nature. The alien people are split, battling against each other in a guns vs. arrows fight. It’s truly a whole new world, upping the stakes of the previous three-time Oscar-winning 2009 original.
Disney also announced that Avatar would be re-released on September 23. This will reportedly be a remastered version of the film with improved audio and sound, which could come in the form of a new Dolby Atmos mix. Avatar is listed as the highest-grossing movie of all time, having a worldwide gross of over $2.8 billion.