• Victoria Briscoe

Film Preview: 'Avatar: The Way of Water'

After thirteen years of waiting for a sequel, the second Avatar movie, titled "The Way of Water" has officially been given a release date and a teaser trailer.

"The Way of Water" is set more than a decade after the events of the first film, the Sully family now having children. 20th Century Studios stated that the film follows their story,

"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."

The film was directed by James Cameron and produced by 20th Century Studios. Cameron is co-producing the film with Jon Landau. Josh Friedman was originally announced as James Cameron's cowriter, but it was later announced that Cameron, Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno all assisted in the writing process of all sequels of the film series before being attributed separate scripts. This caused the eventual writing credits to be unclear.

Cameron stated in 2006 that if the first Avatar film was successful, he hoped to make two sequels to the film. Due to the film's widespread success in 2010, he confirmed that he would be doing so. These sequels were originally scheduled to release in December of 2014 and 2015. According to Wikipedia, Cameron mentioned that the sequels would

"widen the universe while exploring other moons of Polyphemus."

In December 2009, it was confirmed that the sequel would continue to follow the stories of Jake and Neytiri. It was implied by Cameron that the humans would return, still serving as the antagonists of the film. Later, in 2012, he mentioned for the first time that a third sequel was a possibility. The following year, it was officially confirmed. In 2015, Cameron was looking to release "Avatar: The Way of Water", but production was rescheduled for 2014 later that year. The film was supposed to be released in December 2016, followed by the two other films in 2017 and 2018. By 2015, however, the release dates that were previously were each delayed by another year, the first sequel being expected to have a release date in December of 2017. The delay was due to Cameron's writing process which he described as a "complex job". A month later, Fox announced yet another delay on the release of the film. In February of 2016, the production of the sequels was scheduled to begin in April of that year in New Zealand.

Members of the cast include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald, all reprising their roles from the original film, with Sigourney Weaver returning in a different role from the first film. Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, and CJ Jones will all be joining the cast.

Subjected to eight delays due to several issues, the COVID-19 pandemic included, "Avatar: The Way of Water" is scheduled to be released on December 16 of 2022. It will be distributed by 20th Century Studios.

"Avatar: The Way of Water" Official Teaser Trailer on YouTube.