- Avatar 3 is almost complete, with only a small percentage left to shoot and a few more pickups planned for June.
- Advanced technology has made the production process faster, and visual effects are currently under development.
- The focus is not just on the technology, but also on the creativity and artistic process involved, with thousands of people working together on the film.
Even though the wait for the first sequel lasted over a decade, James Cameron’s in-depth details Avatar 3 the production update ensures that the next installment is close to being ready. Plot details remain unknown for the third installment of the hit sci-fi action franchise, but it is expected that the war between the Na’vi and humanity for control of the planet extraterrestrial, Pandora, continues. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña return to direct the Avatar 3 alongside Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore and CCH Pounder.
While attending the 2024 Saturn Awards, Rant screen interviewed James Cameron to get a glimpse of the highly anticipated Avatar 3. When asked how production on the upcoming installment was progressing, the co-writer/director confirmed that the film was “pretty much in the box“, stating that they have additional filming to do throughout the year, but that advanced technology has allowed for much faster progress on the upcoming films. Check out what Cameron shared below:
It’s pretty much in the box. We’re shooting pickups in 3, which is just the last 2 or 3 percent, and we also have live-action pickups in June, so that’s another few percent. We have about a quarter of Movie 4 in the can. We are on shift 3 and are now doing the VFX, which is a huge job. I’ll need every second between now and then to get there.
Technology has reached the point where it is actually what we need. We’re making small improvements as we go, but we’re there. The thing is, we took a step back, which is why we spent 7 years building it and 4 years shooting the two films together. It’s not about technology, it’s about the minds and eyes of computer artists. It’s a very, very creative process – it’s artistry. Thousands of people are involved and directing the orchestra to make everything perfect in this moment.
How new technology could make Avatar 3 the best yet
While Avatar 3 will test Cameron’s sequel plan when it comes to his five-film saga, the new technology Cameron mentioned bodes well for the next entry in the franchise. From a purely visual standpoint, advancements between films that result in a more stunning end product are always a boon, especially since the film will delve into new aesthetic territory by introducing new Na’vi tribes. Additionally, as the conflict with Quaritch will likely intensify in the trio, even better visuals could also help the franchise continue its gripping sequences it has become known for and deepen its more tense moments.
From a time constraints perspective, the faster turnaround Cameron mentioned is beneficial to fans in more ways than just a shorter wait time. Although some believe that the long time between the first and second films helped the latter to be as perfect as possible, it also meant that there was a more marked difference between the two, both visually and sonically. It means the mysteries left by Avatar: The Way of Water will be even fresher in the minds of the fans and the team producing it, and could very well do Avatar 3 even better than its predecessor.