Producer Jon Landau Again Says That 'Avatar' Sequel is Years Away
by Ethan Anderton
April 4, 2012
With the return of Titanic in 3D hitting plenty of theaters today, producer Jon Landau has been busy making the press rounds with director James Cameron and talking about the re-release of their Best Picture winner. However, some of our colleagues couldn't help but ask about the follow-up to one of their other blockbuster films, the box office smashing Avatar for which a sequel has been gestating for a couple years. Last time Landau talked about the sequel he said it was still about four years away, but this time, when he spoke to Empire, he was a little more optimistic. However, a return to Pandora is still a few years away.
Landau respectfully told Empire:
"We're not naming dates, but I think 2014 will be a tough date for us to make. It's about getting it right. Movies make release dates; release dates don't make movies."
And while it's always good to hear that they're not rushing production just to please studios who obviously want another billion and change from the planned trilogy, that doesn't mean production hasn't started yet. Landau reassures everyone, "We've started already. WETA are already working and we have our core team, [animation supervisor] Richie Baneham and [digital effects supervisor] Nolan Murtha, working with us. And we're working on underwater performance-capture."Yes, that means the underwater story that's been rumored seems to be true, but Landau says, "It's going to be like the Floating Mountains in the first movie. It's not going to be all underwater; it's going to be a place we go to, leave and come back to." Hope that's enough of a tease for fans eager for a sequel. Stay tuned for a few years as the film moves like a glacier.