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Note: Potential spoilers of the first Avatar within.
James Cameron will let you sleep a little better tonight. The director has confirmed that Sigourney Weaver will return for the three planned Avatar sequels; in the 2009 movie Weaver played scientist Grace Augustine. Cameron confirmed that Weaver will rejoin cast members Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana and Stephen Lang in the sequels. The first sequel is planned to stars production this year but details are still slim.
THR reports Weaver will indeed return for Cameron’s Avatar sequels, but her role is still a bit “mysterious” at the moment. Here’s what Cameron said of the news and again, spoilers if you haven’t seen the first film:
“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens. We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels. Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”
The plan for now is to have the three sequels film back to back to back with each opening in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018.
AVATAR 2 is set to hit theaters in December 2016.
Science Fiction has always played a pivotal role in cinema. It is a means by which we can look into the future and speculate as to what “could be”. Our only limit is our imaginations, and our imaginations provide an infinite number of possibilities. With that being said there have been some incredible films that allow us to look forward and wonder, “what if?”. Whether it is the existence of extra terrestrials or humankind’s self destructive nature – these possibilities are fascinating.
While it is easy to point to the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises because they are so iconic, we decided that would be too easy. Below are our favorite Science Fiction films that do not begin with the word “Star”. Did we miss something? Share your favorite with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
- Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis on the Set of The Expendables 2, awesome. Schwarzenegger tweeted the image with the following message: Back in action for The Expendables 2! I’m having a fantastic time on set with Bruce and Sly in Bulgaria. [image]
- Jim Carrey to join Steve Carell in ‘Burt Wonderland’. [deadline]
- Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic picked up by HBO. [reuters]
- Sandra Bullock to Join Clint Eastwood in ‘Trouble with the Curve’. [twitch]
- James Cameron Talks about Bringing Back Sigourney Weaver in Avatar 2. [nymag]
- The Walking Dead Mad Magazine Cover. [image]
Here is a trailer for THE DIVIDE, a post-apocalyptic thriller with Michael Biehn, watch it below:
Back in October, we said that James Cameron’s Avatar sequels were looking at December 2014/2015 release dates. Since then Cameron has confirmed that the projects will be shot together and more: [insidemovies]
“I am in the process of writing the next two Avatar films now. We are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas ’14 and ’15 is the current plan.”
On the cast: “Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form.”
On charity of the films: “One thing’s for sure: some percentage of the presumably-massive Avatar sequel gross will go to charity. Fox has partnered with me to donate a chunk of the profits to environmental causes that are at the heart of the Avatar world. I didn’t want to make more Avatar movies without a grander plan in place.”
James Cameron has officially committed himself to doing two more Avatar movies, presumably back to back. Avatar 2 is being aimed for December 2014, while Avatar 3 will hit one year later in December 2015.
Cameron is expected to start writing the scripts early next year and had this to say about the announcement: (more…)
In an interview with the New York Post, director James Cameron said he’s still in the “notes” stage of his production of Avatar 2, and the sequel won’t be completed until at least 2014. But it may be worth the wait, since the director plans on filming a third film at the same time. He goes on to burn The Matrix, which I found comical. Sounds like Cameron has a trilogy on his hands here, I just don’t see this as the type to hold people back from taking the toys out of the package if you get my drift.
“Right now, the thinking is that [Parts] Two and Three are going to be done together, they’ll be released separately, probably a year apart or maybe even two, but they’ll be done in a bunch. I’m mapping out the story line right now, so there’s a proper arc that plays out over two films but buttons nicely at the end of Two, so you don’t get this horrible second-act/end-of-’The Matrix’ feeling.”
THE NEXT THREE DAYS: Paul Haggis returns to perhaps divide people once again (I for one liked Crash) with a remake of the 2008 French film Pour Elle (Anything For Her). The trailer started off strong, and then got very over top for my taste. When movies start throwing in semi-trucks for a climax I tend to get bored.
Synopsis: Life seems perfect for John Brennan (Russell Crowe) until his wife, Lara (Elizabeth Banks), is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Opens November 19th 2010. Click For Trailers Galore!
I really wouldn’t be posting this news if I didn’t care – so here’s my two cents. Avatar was really a great movie-going experience. I don’t plan on making it a home viewing pleasure because I think going in with a lesser babka is just wrong. What I am saying is, to see Avatar in its true form – you have to see it in theaters. I can’t say that about many movies, but trust me, if you missed it the first time around, find it now. Now I know what you’re thinking. “But Mr. Mayor sir, this is such a money grab it’s not even funny”. I would tend to agree with you based on what Star Wars has done a few times now, but I think Avatar has done well enough that now – they really do just want to make sure we all saw this spectacle. (more…)
It took less than 10 weeks for James Cameron’s Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all-time. Now, in just four days, it has sold more DVDs and Blu-rays than any previous home video release. The bare bones disc, released on Earth Day, sold 6.7 million copies, 2.7 were Blu-rays.
Those numbers beat the previous champ and the highest-grossing film of 2008, The Dark Knight, which took 18 months to top out at 2.5 million units sold.
“The extraordinary initial sales for Avatar are clearly a game changer for the Blu-ray format,” reads the press release. “Blu-ray players for the first time are surpassing DVD players at retail outlets across the country as fans are upgrading their systems to experience the best picture and sound quality available. The phenomenal theatrical success of Avatar resonated across different cultures all around the globe and that is now translating into record-breaking results for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the film.” - Keith Feldman, general manager and exec VP of international for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Internationally, 400,000 discs were sold in France, 450,000 in Germany and over 3,000 were stolen from a delivery truck in Mexico, for real. Who is waiting for the true edition? Who loves The Money Pit?
The highest grossing film of all time and well, just the biggest everything when it comes to movies made it’s way to DVD and Blu-ray this week (it’s still in theaters). It even made its way to our City Strip. I’m talking about Avatar, and so is James Cameron, who sat down with The LA Times to dish some details on the films re-release and future sequel. Here are some highlights:
- Cameron confirms the re-release and extra footage: “We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August.”
- Avatar 2 will take us into the oceans of Pandora: “We created a broad canvas for the environment of film. That’s not just on Pandora, but throughout the Alpha Centauri AB system. And we expand out across that system and incorporate more into the story – not necessarily in the second film, but more toward a third film…I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest. I’m not saying we won’t see what we’ve already seen; we’ll see more of that as well.”
He goes into great detail in this interview and sounds like a straight shooter. He also comes off as a gigantic nerd, something we appreciate here in the City. Not you Lucas, you can leave.