The first "Avatar" film won Oscars for its dazzling visual effects, and based on recent comments from writer-director James Cameron, the film's long-awaited sequels seem poised to do the same.
While speaking at a recent Vivid Sydney event in Australia, the filmmaker discussed the technology he's using while shooting "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," "Avatar 4," and "Avatar 5" (yes, that's four sequels total), which just started consecutive production last year. And according to Cameron, he's planning on employing only the finest effects and tech currently available.
"They will be, to the best of my ability, the best 3D that's possible to make," the director said of the sequels. "That includes collaborating with the people at Dolby Cinema, who have developed high dynamic range projection that could put 16 foot-lamberts of light on a 3D screen through the glasses, which is revolutionary. Normally, you're looking at about three foot-lamberts. Sixteen is what you should be seeing. That's what movies should look like."
While Cameron also noted that 3D technology still has a long way to go, the filmmaker said that what he's able to use today will help create an unforgettable visual feast for filmgoers.
"I guarantee one thing: Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all going to be in 3D and they will look sumptuous," the director told the crowd in Sydney.
We have no doubt that Cameron will deliver on his digital promises -- but first, we need to get those films into theaters. The first of the bunch, "Avatar 2," is currently slated for release on December 18, 2020, followed by "Avatar 3" on December 17, 2021, "Avatar 4" on December 20, 2024, and "Avatar 5" on December 19, 2025.