Bringing you all the breaking news from CinemaCon 2022, our roving reporter, Gill Pringle, got a sneak peek at the first footage from James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar sequel.

More than 13 years following the release of James Cameron’s award-winning sci-fi blockbuster, Avatar, the first footage of the long-awaited sequel was shown today exclusively at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

The filmmakers were so excited to present this teaser that producer Jon Landau actually flew in from New Zealand, where he is working alongside director Cameron at WETA Studios finishing off the sequel.

Along with the trailer, Landau announced that a remastered version of the original 2009 hit would be re-released on September 23, followed by the long-awaited Avatar: The Way of Water on December 16.

Avatar (2009)

However, fans must wait another week before they can see the Avatar 2 teaser when it will exclusively accompany Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in cinemas when the Marvel movie debuts on May 5.

The second Avatar is set a decade after the first movie, the cast including Zoe Saldaña, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi and also Kate Winslet, reuniting Cameron with his Titanic star.

The film is about the Sully family – Jake (Worthington), Neytiri (Saldaña) and their children – and the “trouble that follows them; the lengths they go to keep each other safe; the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure,” according to the press release.

Avatar (2009)

“We look forward to the big screen experience transporting audiences back to Pandora and Jake’s first adventures there,” Landau said at the CinemaCon presentation at Caesar’s Palace, bringing Disney’s annual round-up of its upcoming releases.

“One of the strengths of Jim Cameron’s scripts are always the universal and relatable themes that he weaves into them. And there’s no more relatable theme than family,” he added.

“At the centre of each of our four sequels will be the Sully family – Jake and Neytiri’s family – and each movie will play out as a standalone movie. Each story will come to its own conclusion, and each movie will deliver audiences a fulfilling emotional ride with risks and resolutions to each and every film.

Avatar (2009)

“However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger, connected epic saga,” Landau told the audience before flying back to New Zealand to continue working alongside Cameron.

In a tip to the film’s title, The Way of Water, the footage shown revealed visually stunning underwater sequences featuring lots of exotic marine creatures not seen in the original Avatar.

In a specially recorded message for the event, Cameron said, “We want our return to Pandora to be something really special. Every shot was designed for the biggest screen, the highest resolution, the most immersive 3D available. We set out once again to push the limits of what cinema can do and I think we pulled it off. I hope we pulled it off. I hope when you see the film in December that you’ll agree.

Avatar (2009)

“But it’s not just the technical side. While I’m making a movie, it’s working with the actors that I find the most rewarding and it’s been an amazing adventure to explore Pandora again with our friends Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Steven Lang, not to mention our new cast members Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, and this incredible group of extremely talented teenagers, all of whom quickly distinguished themselves in their roles,” says Cameron, whose original Avatar was nominated for nine Oscars, taking home Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

As previously reported, the third film is expected to debut December 20, 2024, with a fourth slated for 2026 and a fifth for 2028.

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