We're still three Christmases away from seeing Avatar 2 hit the big screen. In that time, we'll get three brand new Star Wars movies. Hard to imagine, right? Producer Jon Landau knows there is a long road to go before we even get our first sneak peek at set photos or any kind of footage. But he wants to remind us all that the sequel is still on the way. And he does that by sharing some not-quite-finished concept art. The Na'vi are returning soon. But is this Zoe Saldana's Neytiri? We're not sure.
The concept sketch arrived with no other information than the fact that it is from Avatar 2. The producer unveiled this first look on is personal Twitter. While the art in question resembles Zoe Saldana's Na'vi character, it could be our first look at a brand new chacter we have yet to meet in this sci-fi franchise.
As of yet, we've heard zero story details for Avatar 2. And it has failed to generate the type of rumors that Star Wars or a Marvel movie might. Thus far, we do know that director James Cameron will be back behind the camera. And this next sequel will revolve around a 'spiritual journey'. Whose journey that is, though, remains to be seen.
Avatar 2 was supposed to come out November 2016, but was instead given a new Christmas 2017 release date. 20th Century Fox chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos has promised that there won't be another delay. James Cameron is notorious for stalling projects to get them just right, with both Titanic and the original Avatar arriving much later than expected. But it has paid off, as both of his previous films have gone on to become some of the biggest box office blockbuster hits of all time. The original plan was to shoot Avatar 2 in late 2013 for a 2015 release date. That kept getting pushed back, as the films expended into Avatar 3 and Avatar 4. It was said that all three movies would shoot back-to-back starting in 2014 for a 2016 release date, but that also never happen.
Jim Gianopulos remains hopeful that with Avatar 2 set for a Christmas 2017 release date, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 will debut in 2018 and 2019 as planned. The CEO described a trip to James Cameron's offices in New Zealand almost six months ago. He had this to say.
"It's a room...which is covered floor to ceiling with images, characters, worlds, settings. It's the most amazing, breathtaking thing you've ever seen. His challenge is to put all of that in a movie. In the first movie he created technology that was so far ahead of its time. Of course now he's gone past that...all the pieces are in place. The story is being finalized."
What do you think of this concept art? Does it get you excited, or does it feel like something that arrived with the first movie. With more than two years before its release, do you think Avatar 2 will still make its December 2017 release date? Or is this one franchise you don't really care about? Let us know what you think!
Avatar 2pic.twitter.com/5QCBPv8efm— Jon Landau (@teamJonLandau) September 27, 2015