Nearly 13 years after audiences raved about the breathtaking magnificence of director James Cameron’s Avatar and its exotic planet Pandora, Avatar: The Path of Water is set to hit theaters on December 16th.
This mega-budget sci-fi sequel has been in the making for a long time, mostly to allow CGI technology to advance enough to realistically depict the underwater environment. Loyal fans have eagerly welcomed the first trailer for Avatar: The Path of Water, which was released alongside the screening of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
To prepare viewers for the $250 million follow-up film and introduce a new generation to Jake Sully, Neytiri, and the struggle of the Na’vi indigenous people to protect their far-flung world from greedy corporate miners, Disney will re-release the original Avatar on September 2. 23 with updated sound and special effects.
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The original Avatar was released on December 18, 2009 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide 3D sensation, grossing $2.8 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing Hollywood film of all time. Cameron has been in New Zealand for the past few years, hard at work on a total of four sequels to the original sensation, to be released every two years through 2028.
Disney broke the nostalgic news about the re-release of Avatar during its annual CinemaCon event in late April. Designed to remind young and old fans of the film’s groundbreaking fairytale setting and dynamic protagonists, this special remastered edition will include upgraded sound and picture quality to bring it up to today’s rigorous digital standards.
Since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox back in 2019 for $71 billion, Avatar will also replace the old Fox logo with the official House of Mouse branding. The film will most likely be offered in 2D and 3D, though exact plans have yet to be determined.
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Filming for Avatar: The Way of Water wrapped in September 2020. Set ten years after the first film, the long-awaited sequel follows Sally (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and their children in a fairy tale set in the world of Pandora. water reef region of Metkaina.
Disney will re-release Avatar on September 23rd. Its direct sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, hits theaters on December 16th. For more space movies, check out our full list of upcoming sci-fi movies.
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