BBC may have solved the mystery surrounding future titles of the Avatar sequels.
The site has reported that it has uncovered documents relating to Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest For Eywa.
These films had been referenced as Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 respectively although Cameron confirmed that the sequels were never going to release with that name.
“Certainly I don’t want to call it Avatar 2,” Cameron said at the Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony in 2012. “(Jake) is not an avatar anymore, is he? Maybe we’ll call it Na’vi.”
With the first film’s success at the box office, it appears as an obvious decision to keep Avatar titles for projects set to release in December 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025.
It was earlier revealed by James Cameron that there will be a lot of water in the sequels which would further prove the report by BBC.
“There’s a tremendous amount of water work across Avatar 2and 3,” he said in 2017. “It’s ongoing into 4 and 5, but the emphasis is on 2 and 3.
“We actually played an entire scene underwater with our young cast. We’ve got six teenagers and one seven-year-old, and they’re all playing a scene underwater. We’ve been training them for six months now, with how to hold their breath, and they’re all up in the two to four minute range. They’re all perfectly capable of acting underwater, very calmly while holding their breath. We’re not doing any of this on scuba. And we’re getting really good data, beautiful character motion and great facial performance capture. We’ve basically cracked the code.”
During a recent interview, star Sigourney Weaver revealed that the first two of the four planned Avatar films have already finished filming. Weaver will be reprising a different role in the sequel than the first one.
“It’s a continuous character,” Weaver said. “We just finished shooting two and three. We shot it in LA and James has announced publicly that there’s a lot of underwater work, so we learned how to free dive and we did many scenes underwater which was challenging and kind of cool.”
“I’m so lucky because I always grew up near the water and I’m married to someone from Hawaii and I had learned to swim. Also, you have the best safety divers in the world. The one scary thing is sometimes you have to be weighted down to be on the bottom. Luckily, I would have a safety diver on each arm to get me back to the surface. I was grateful for that, because otherwise I would still be there.”