‘Avatar 2’ to Start Shooting This Fall…Probably.

Sigourney Weaver updates the long-gestating project from James Cameron.

People have been talking about Avatar 2 (and 3, and 4, and 5…) since before James Cameron’s first installment was even released way back in 2009, but in the eight-year interval all we’ve really heard about the project are excuses and other stalling tactics. Things seemed to get a little more definitive about a year or so ago when Av2 was given a Christmas Day 2018 release date, but only a few months ago word came that the film likely wouldn’t make that date, as it hasn’t even started filming yet.

But now, according to Sigourney Weaver, one of the actors in the film, Cameron and crew are finally ready to start cameras rolling … in a few more months … probably.

At a recent screening Weaver was asked about the film and said the following:

We’re starting! We’re starting training, and we’re starting … hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.

Okay – a grain-of-salt reality check here. This is not the first time an Avatar cast member spoke erroneously about start dates. In 2015 Zoe Saldana said pretty much the same thing, indicating the film would start shooting in a year’s time, or as we know it now, last year. That obviously didn’t happen, but Weaver sure sounds confident, and with the particular about training, it would certainly seem as though her claim has credence. And while you might think that a fall 2017 production date could have the film ready for that December 2018 release, remember that probably 80% of whatever Avatar 2 is will be made in post, so add a year to the projection and that seems more likely.

No word on when Avatar 3, 4, or 5 will start production, but Cameron has said before he hopes to release them in 2020, 2022, and 2023, respectively. Time will tell.

Source: CinemaBlend

In other news and points of interest…

…the first trailer for Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen’s Sundance sensation Ingrid Goes West finally dropped…

…as did the first trailer for the restored version of The Graduate, which is being brought to 700 theaters nationwide by TCM later this year…

…and Twin Peaks co-creator, who last year released the found-document novel The Secret History of Twin Peaks, is apparently going to follow the third season with another novel, this one to be released on Halloween and entitled Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier.

Over in our corner of the internet we had a lot of really interesting posts go up yesterday, including some non-news news on the new Doctor Who companion, an analysis of the titles for American Gods, Jacob Oller’s review of the Netflix original movie The Discovery, a hilarious video examining for The Room director blocks a scene, and the newest episode of our podcast After the Credits.

And lastly, take a look at five of the most popular shots we tweeted over the last 24 hours. Want more? You know where to find us.

TO THE WONDER (2012) DP: Emmanuel Lubezki | Dir: Terrence Malick
AKIRA (1988) DP: Katsuji Misawa | Dir: Katsuhiro Ohtomo
DEATH PROOF (2007) Shot and directed by Quentin Tarantino
THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) DP: Peter Smokler | Dir: Rob Reiner
INFERNO (1980) DP: Romano Albani | Dir: Dario Argento