Avatar 2 Footage Previewed at CinemaCon – The Hollywood Reporter



CinemaCon delegates, donning their 3D glasses, gave a wildly enthusiastic welcome to their return to Pandora with a primary take a look at the beautiful teaser trailer for James Cameron’s newly titled sequel Avatar: The Method of Water, Wednesday throughout Disney’s slate presentation in Caesars Palace’s Colosseum.

“We want to verify [audiences] have an expertise they’ll’t get anyplace else, and that must be completely in theaters,” mentioned producer Jon Landau in introducing the teaser trailer, which will likely be launched subsequent week, completely in theaters, forward of Disney/Marvel’s Physician Unusual and the Multiverse of Insanity. Landau moreover introduced plans to re-release the unique Avatar on Sept. 23 in theaters, with restored image and sound.

Landau reported that every of the 4 sequels — the primary, The Method of Water, is scheduled for a Dec. 16 launch — will heart on returning Jake Sully, performed by Sam Worthington, and Na’vi Neytiri, performed by Zoe Saldaña, and their household, and the lengths they go to maintain one another secure; every is a stand-alone movie that “collectively are a good better related epic saga.”

In a narrative set greater than a decade after the occasions of the primary movie, the dazzling footage within the teaser trailer focuses on Jake and Neytiri and contains beautiful pictures of Pandora’s vivid blue water — each above and beneath the floor; Toruk, the flying creatures launched within the first movie; and new whale-like creatures.

Returning characters additionally embody Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. The movie additionally options some big-name newcomers together with Vin Diesel and Cameron’s Titanic star Kate Winslet. Behind-the-scenes expertise contains director of images Russell Carpenter, Cameron’s Oscar-winning Titanic DP.  Avatar’s visible results are again at Weta FX in New Zealand, once more led by senior VFX supervisor and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri.

Launched in 2009, Cameron’s Avatar shortly grew to become the top-grossing movie of all time on the worldwide field workplace, with greater than $2.8 billion. It was additionally credited for ushering within the digital 3D period and introducing new manufacturing instruments and methods in areas reminiscent of efficiency seize and digital manufacturing. Its sequel is without doubt one of the extra anticipated movies of the previous decade.

“We got down to push the bounds to what cinema can do,” mentioned Cameron in a video message from New Zealand, the place he’s making the film. He reminded exhibitors that they’re “companions,” including, “Jon and I are right here with you. We are able to do that.”

Because it has in recent times, CinemaCon sponsor Dolby has outfitted the Colosseum — CinemaCon’s most important venue — with Dolby Atmos immersive sound and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, that means they put in the corporate’s premium 4K, excessive dynamic vary, excessive body fee and 3D succesful laser-based projection system. This enabled the Avatar 2 filmmakers to placed on fairly a present.

Cameron, Landau and their Lightstorm Leisure, together with twentieth Century and Disney, is anticipated to supply Avatar 2 in all kinds of codecs to help the vary of theater installations, together with using 3D, 4K and a excessive body fee of 48 frames per second.

On Tuesday at CinemaCon, John Fithian, president and CEO of the Nationwide Affiliation of Theatre Homeowners, famous that Avatar 2 may have extra variations than any film “within the historical past of flicks” when it arrives in theaters: “We’re speaking about excessive decision, excessive body charges, 3D, Imax, PLF, totally different sound techniques and in 160 totally different languages.”

“He’s working very intently with our members all over the world to point out his film in the very best method,” Fithian mentioned. “Jim is uniquely pushed. He’s good. There could also be solely a few hundred screens in [some of the formats] however he desires [Avatar 2] on these screens. It’s time to verify your gentle ranges are right and all the pieces concerning the image is right. We’re enthusiastic about it.”

Earlier than the discharge of 2009’s Avatar, Cameron created greater than 100 variations of deliverables in numerous gentle ranges, 2D and 3D, resolutions and sound techniques. It was probably the most formidable digital launch at the moment.

Cameron beforehand used CinemaCon as a platform to debate the potential of excessive body charges. The filmmaker gave a presentation at CinemaCon 2011 with a comparability of 3D content material — a medieval dinner and motion scene — projected at 24 fps, 48 fps and 60 fps. Because the clips performed, Cameron shared his observations, together with some distracting strobing that happens in 24 fps (which has been blamed for why some viewers get complications when viewing 3D) and pointed to a smoother increased body fee picture.


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