I do, however, remember the feelings I had watching it. The first, the overriding sense of, ‘is this it?’ (in reference to the fact that it was supposed to be the best film ever made [it’s really not]) and the second, the realisation that I’d actually seen the film before, only when it was titled The Last Samurai.
Because that’s basically all it is, isn’t it? It’s The Last Samurai in space except a few Japanese warriors have been replaced by big, blue alien people.
Voila, you’ve got yourself a billion dollar movie franchise.
The Avatar sequels have been slated for god knows how many years and to be honest, I’ve lost track of where we were at with them. Coronavirus then appeared to compound their limbo status, but now, rather surprisingly, we’ve got some juicy deets.
While info does remain sparse, producer Jon Landau has expanded a bit on the storyline.
“This is the story of the Sully family and what one does to keep their family together,” he told RNZ.
“Jake and Neytiri have a family in this movie, they are forced to leave their home, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora, including spending quite a bit of time on the water, around the water, in the water.”
“I think, why do people turn to entertainment today, more so than ever? I think it’s to escape, to escape the world we’re in, to escape the other pressures they have in their lives.”
He added: “I think with Avatar, we have an opportunity to allow people to escape to an incredible world with incredible characters that they will follow, in much the same way as Peter Jackson was able to do with Lord of the Rings, so that’s what we’re looking forward to doing.”
Landau previously explained that family will be at the core of the movies, saying: “At the centre of each of our four movies will be the Sully family.
“Each sequel will play as a standalone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion… However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”
It comes after he shared a recent Instagram post, showing a photo of two high-tech underwater ships, as he announced the crew’s plans to resume production in New Zealand soon.
Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week’, Landau explained in the caption.
Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) — can’t wait to share more.
Not wishing to allude to any more potential plagiarism within this film, it does kind of remind me of that underwater vessel Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan and Jaa Jaa use to get to Naboo in The Phantom Menace.
There’s always a bigger fish…
Speaking about when we can expect Avatar 2 to be released, the man himself James Cameron remains confident of a 2021 deadline.
He told Empire: “It’s putting a major crimp in our stride here. I want to get back to work on Avatar, which right now we’re not allowed to do under state emergency laws or rules. So it’s all on hold right now.
“We were about to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed. We’re trying to get back to it as quick as we can.
“On the bright side, New Zealand seems to have been very effective in controlling the virus and their goal is not mitigation, but eradication, which they believe that they can do with aggressive contact tracing and testing.
“So there’s a very good chance that our shoot might be delayed a couple of months, but we can still do it. So that’s good news.”
I started this article on things that are instantly forgettable and by god I’ll end it in the same way.
Sam Worthington, Sam bloody Worthington. Is there a more forgettable actor?
You’re struggling aren’t you?
I can’t think of a single thing he’s been in other than Avatar. Come to think of it, I can’t even remember what he looks like. Big and blue?
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.