Production Officially Begins On The Avatar Sequels

Since ‘Avatar’ first released back in 2009, James Cameron has made it perfectly clear he has big plans for the characters we met in the first film and the world we were introduced to. Today, many many release date push backs later, 20th Century Fox announced that production had begun on the four ‘Avatar’ sequels and released an image of the crew that will be working on it, with director James Cameron at front and centre.¬†

“Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels. The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!”

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According to the post, we can expect the first sequel to arrive December 18th 2020, followed by the a release the following year, then again in 2024 and 2025. An announcement has been a long time coming, with the first film releasing a whole 8 years ago and lots of rumours and release dates floating around ever since. 

Are you looking forward to finally getting an ‘Avatar’ sequel? or do you think people may have lost interest in the idea after waiting so long?

Written by Tom Sheffield
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Avatar Gets FOUR New Films

 

Fans of James Cameron‚Äôs ‚ÄėAvatar‚Äô rejoice! FOUR new films are inbound. Yes, that’s FOUR. That‚Äôs the plan, at least. It was inevitable that we would be revisiting the world of Pandora at some point given the record breaking box-office performance of the original. And whilst you could argue if there is any need for four new films I‚Äôm interested to see where they‚Äôll take this wonderful and visually spectacular universe James Cameron has so expertly crafted. ¬†Is there enough scope to extend the universe from the first going forward? Maybe there’ll be one or two prequels as well? Who knows. I don’t hate Avatar, like many seem to and I’ll certainly be at the front of the line when they are released. Maybe the excitement levels will begin to rise when we get some plot details and cast announcements. Who would you like to see cast in the upcoming films? Are you excited about the new additions to the franchise or do you think it’s unnecessary?¬†

Written by Dalton Brown 

Watch This Space: June 22 – 28

Welcome to your weekly go-to-guide ‚ÄstWatchThisSpace ‚Ästwhere we give you recommendations of films to watch in the cinema, on the television and those brilliant films hiding¬†at the back of your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

It was only a matter of time before the stars¬†of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise got their own spin-off, with kids across the UK finally getting to see their beloved ‘Minions’ take centre stage this week. Any of you with children won’t have much say in the matter, you’re going to the cinema this weekend.

Michael Fassbender is absolutely everywhere right now, and looks set to stay firmly in the spotlight for a long time to come. His latest release, ‘Slow West’, is out in cinemas this week and will see Fassbender star as an outlaw in 19th Century America. Expect plenty of grit!

ON TELEVISION

Monday¬†21:00¬†GMT:¬†The box-office record held by ‘Avatar’ could be under threat from a certain dino flick, but it will take a massive effort to best the $2.8 billion haul from James Cameron’s epic fantasy film. Catch the blue guys on Film4 this Monday night.

Wednesday 18:55 GMT: Rewind twenty seven years, to 1988 and enjoy ‘Big’ on¬†Film4 this evening. A fresh faced Tom Hanks stars in this fantastically funny, family movie, in a role which earned him an Oscar nomination. Must be good!

Friday 21:00 GMT:¬†Full on action for Friday night, as Film4 brings you ‘Hanna’. Playing the titular character, this was¬†the breakout role for young Saoirse Ronan. Kinda like the female version of Jason Bourne, or a teenage Uma Thurman in ‘Kill Bill’; dangerous, but we’re rooting for ya!

Saturday¬†21:00 GMT:¬†To avoid a Film4 whitewash, we are going to push you to watch ‘Friends With Benefits’, on…well, it’s on E4. The fantastic ‘Kick-Ass’ is on at the same time, but if you’re after something a little more light hearted, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis offer the perfect relief this weekend.

Sunday¬†15:50 GMT:¬†With ‘Minions’ released this week, see where it all started for the franchise, as ITV2 provide family fun¬†in the form of¬†‘Despicable Me’. Also this Sunday, you can catch ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘The Princess Bride’ (on Channel 4 and Channel 5 respectively) which are just as capable of entertaining the family.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the¬†WatchThisSpace¬†section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you‚Äôre stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you‚Äôve never seen a film that we pick ‚Äď or even heard of them for that matter ‚Äď but you‚Äôre gonna have to trust us on this one, and¬†Dig It Out.

Hidden:¬†French filmmakers are never afraid to present us with controversy, as the divisive ‘Un Francais’ has proven this week. Going by the French title of ‘Cach√©’, this Michael Haneke flick from 2005 is a must see if you like a shocking, mystery-thriller. I watched this at university a couple of years ago, and personally, I’m delighted it was part of the module. A¬†beautifully awkward, intriguing piece of cinematic¬†artistry; something we all need to enjoy from time to time.

Control: Glastonbury is upon us, and I am lucky enough to be attending the festival this year for the first time. It saddens me that I will never get to see Joy Division Рone of my favourite bands Рlive in action, ever. This biopic from 2007 is about as close as it gets; a black and white insight into the life and death of frontman Ian Curtis. As dark and tragic as the topic may be, this is a stunning and fascinating film which you just have to see! 

1984:¬†George Orwell would have turned 111 years old this Thursday. Unfortunately, he got nowhere near that ridiculous age, instead leaving us at the age of 46. Whilst this film will never match up to the book (my favourite book of all time, actually), you are obliged to appreciate the clever and brutal story from the genius himself, adapted for¬†the big screen. It may just provide you with a vital lesson should our world go the way Orwell envisioned; dictators and dystopia are more than just a dark fantasy now, let’s be honest.

Drive:¬†I had the pleasure of rewatching Nicholas Winding Refn’s¬†‘Bronson’ last week, and was relentlessly reminded of what is arguably the director’s standout project – ‘Drive’. With both films sharing an almost identical, powerful¬†soundtrack, it was difficult to get the enigmatic, muted performance of Ryan Gosling out of my head. And what with the unintentional pattern of picking¬†films with one-word-titles¬†this week, I would¬†be¬†a fool to¬†leave my 8th favourite film of all time off the list of recommendations.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Fifty Shades Of Grey Enjoys Record-Breaking Weekend

The highly controversial, much talked about, adaptation of E.L. James’ raunchy novel ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, opened at the box-office this weekend. Like you didn’t already know that. The BDSM romance has beaten the likes of ‘Avatar’, with its opening weekend figures reaching $248million, becoming the highest grossing 18 rated film of all time in many countries. Read more here.