Disney on Wednesday in Las Vegas unveiled the first images of the sequel to Avatar, which remains the number one grossing event at the global box office, a film that director James Cameron says will “push the boundaries of what.” can the cinema?
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CinemaCon attendees were invited to don 3D glasses to immerse themselves in the Avatar: The Way of Water trailer and return to the planet Pandora, where they could see its blue-skinned inhabitants swimming and floating in the air.
“I can assure you that the wait was worth it,” confirms Disney Sales Director Tony Chambers of the title chosen for this second part of Avatar.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters next December and is set to follow three more installments in this saga, the original film of which has grossed around $2.8 billion since its release in 2009.
Each part will be an independent film with its own storyline. The four episodes won’t form part of any one story arc, but collectively will make up “an even bigger epic saga,” said producer Jon Landau.
From New Zealand, where James Cameron is putting the finishing touches on Avatar 2, the director spoke to CinemaCon attendees.
He promised them dramatic technological advances over the first “Avatar,” whose main protagonists Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) now have families.
“We have decided once again to push the boundaries of what cinema can do,” he called out to cinema executives who gathered in Las Vegas for their annual get-together, where Hollywood studios bring them their new releases and their stars.
It was Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige who opened the presentation for Disney. Attendees were able to discover long excerpts from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, out next week, where the wizard played by Benedict Cumberbatch confronts flying squid and meets a teenager who jumps from one world to another.
The film will be followed by two more blockbusters dedicated to famous superheroes this year, Thor and Black Panther.
Pixar has revealed 30 minutes of its Buzz Lightyear, a story that chronicles the birth of the intrepid astronaut from the Toy Story saga, voiced by Chris Evans. In the film, due out in June, Buzz is wracked with guilt after causing his spacemates to sink on a hostile planet.
In order to save her, he must project himself into the future with a cat robot as a companion.
Also presented at CinemaCon was ‘Amsterdam’, a romantic crime thriller set in the 1930s, starring a variety of stars including Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Margot Robbie and Chris Rock.