Avatar: The Waterway is finally over, after six long years. Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau, who also worked on the original 2009 film, confirmed via Twitter that “final mixing and mastering” of the sequel has just been completed. The completion of post-production comes just three weeks before the second Avatar film is released worldwide on December 16, including in China. Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) reacted to the news, calling Avatar 2 a “stunning achievement” that is “full of majestic sights and emotions.” It’s clear that the director is among the first to see the film, which also makes it the first official review for Avatar: The Way of Water. If you can call it that.
In addition to Avatar, Landau also collaborated with director James Cameron on 1997 Titanic, both of which became the highest-grossing films of all time. Released 13 years ago, Avatar broke new ground in Hollywood with its stunning visual effects, welcoming audiences to the immersive world of Pandora. The film grossed $2.9 billion (about Rs. 23,600 crore) – with the recent re-release – and won three Oscars for Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. Clearly, its Avatar: The Way of Water sequel has a lot going for it, with even Cameron raising concerns about profit.
A staggering achievement – AVATAR TWOW is filled with majestic vistas and emotions on an epic, epic scale. A master at the height of his powers… https://t.co/tG6I16JlhM
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) November 24, 2022
Speaking to GQ Magazine earlier this week, he noted that the film was very expensive to make and represented “the worst business case in movie history”. For it to be profitable, he said, “you have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing film in history. This is your threshold. This is your break-even point. The director also previously confirmed that he’s ready to end the Avatar franchise with a trilogy, in case The Way of Water underperforms. Filming for Avatar 3 – which would have been subtitled The Seed Bearer – wrapped with the main cast in November 2018. In an interview with Variety, producer Landau noted that the first act of Avatar 4 also had already been shot.
Advance ticket reservations for Cameron’s highly anticipated sequel went live in India earlier this week on BookMyShow and Paytm and official websites of major cinemas. Disney-owned 20th Century Studios also says Avatar: The Way of Water will see 24 hours of shows in select theaters, with early showings starting at midnight and continuing from midnight. The studio also released a final trailer for Avatar 2 ahead of its release, which saw Jake Sully’s (Sam Worthington) family form an alliance with the coastal Metkayina clan and connect with waterborne beings, to crossing.
The sequel takes place over a decade after the original film and brings back some familiar faces including Zoe Saldaña as Neytiri’s wife, Sigourney Weaver as Kiri, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang and CCH Pounder. New additions to Avatar: The Way of Water include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, and CJ Jones.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters worldwide on December 16. In India, the film gets additional Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu dubs.