AVATAR 2 to Use Underwater Motion-Capture; AVATAR 3 Will Wrap up Jake and Neytiri’s Story

     April 8, 2013


James Cameron is building momentum on writing the scripts for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, and while he hasn’t quite cracked the story yet, he knows that some of the second film will take place underwater.  While it’s possible to shoot dry-for-wet, it’s not entirely convincing, and as we all know, Cameron loves a technological challenge.  Speaking to the NAB Technology Summit on Cinema [via Empire], Avatar producer Jon Landau revealed that “We have kept a team of digital artists on from Avatar in order to test how we can create performance capture underwater.  We could simulate water [in CG], but we can’t simulate the actor’s experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank.”

Landau didn’t provide any further details on the development of that process, but did add that Avatar 2 and 3, which will shoot back-to-back, will wrap up the story of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).  This falls in line with Cameron’s comments from last September where he said he wanted a fourth Avatar movie, but it would be a prequel.


  • jackjack

    Don’t you think that shooting “dry” with an appropriate slower fps (could be done in post) will give the same effect? Is it a matter of hair? What a gimmick…. but people will go for it, they always do.

  • Keyvon

    Just have the actors move really slow and wiggle some blue blankets behind them. That’ll be convincing enough.

  • Get Em

    Arguably one of the most overrated movies ever. Visually it was pretty to watch but the movie in general was just so blah.

  • Dominik

    What does this mean “he hasent quite cracked the story yet”? Are you freakin kidding me Cameron? Its been over 3 years since Avatar, what in the unholy name of the fancy horseshit have you done since then? You werent even producing any movies …lol u lazy bum. Oh yeah, you ve been in a motherfookin submarine some days diving down mariana trench to find nothing , but this still leaves 3 years…..3 years arent even enough to write two screenplays that will be rip-offs 90% anyway? This is the most retarded shit I ve heard in a while….I wont even begin about how the post produczion of your fancy shit films will take 3 years…..So great, what dioes this mean? Avatar 2 in 2016, Avatar 3 in 2017….and Avatar 4, why the fook u even need this?, which will shoot seperatly apparently will be….2020….

    So that leaves us with Battle Angel in 2024 ? Cool story Jim, bet you ll take a dirt nap before that lol

    • jackjack

      Hey man, it will get summer or fall 2015 release. It’s all written in their business plan. They’re waiting till 2015 couse then they will have 100,000 digital sceens to show this mega-expensive shit.

    • gimpsuit

      Well, Cameron didn’t say he hasn’t cracked the story, the writter of the article did. And he just made the assumption based on ???? And BTW, Cameron can take as long as he wants, he doesn’t owe you anything. What, he has to rush it into production just so you can pick holes and criticise every minute detail to make yourself feel better?

    • gimpsuit

      Also, Cameron actually writes his films, unlike Nolan who just gets his brother to to do it, suggests something pretentious enough to get his name on the writing credit.
      And writing is more that originality, it’s about structure and how you tell the story, Cameron is awesome at that. All of his films actually make sense.

      • What?

        “unlike Nolan who just gets his brother to to do it.”

        Lol. What?

  • Mike R.

    Hands down, one of the most overrated movies I have ever seen. If it wasn’t for James Cameron being attached to it, this movie would’ve been forgotten. The visuals were nothing special IMHO and I’ll take Jurassic Park’s CGI any day over what they did with this.

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      Agreed on all points.

    • TheHOYT

      Agreed. And I was one of those people that was extremely excited about the first film, and hyped it up to all my friends and family. Sure, it was a fun ride, but, ultimately, forgettable. I couldn’t care less about these characters, story, or universe. Hell, I’d be more interested in seeing a sequel to Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Hellboy 2, even The Chronicles of Narnia, rather than another Avatar film.

  • tarek

    Hands down one of my most anticipated movies.

    • gimpsuit

      Yep, and it will be for everyone, even the haters who will watch it 2 or 3 times just to find things to hate about it!

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  • Kuba

    My thoughts are simple: Focus on creating “Atlantis”…

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