The sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Avatar has been in development for many years, and it’s still nearly two years until it hits theaters. But while we’re unlikely to see any footage the movie for some time, the first concept art has been released.
The images were revealed by Cameron at the tech trade show CES in Las Vegas. They are views of the planet Pandora, with a focus on the its oceans. While specific plot details about the movie are under-wraps, we know that it will set in and around the sea, and there’s no denying that this artwork is spectacular. Check the images out below, via the franchise’s official Twitter feed:
In the #Avatar sequels, you won’t just return to Pandora — you’ll explore new parts of the world.
Check out these brand new concept art pieces for a sneak peek at what’s to come. pic.twitter.com/bfZPWVa7XZ
— Avatar (@officialavatar) January 7, 2020
Cameron was also at CES to announce a partnership with Mercedes-Benz and revealed the prototype for a very weird and futuristic-looking electric car, inspired by Avatar’s visual style.
The Avatar sequel hits theaters on December 17, 2021. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang will reprise their roles from the first movie, and will be joined by Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, and Jemaine Clement. Production on the live-action parts of the movie wrapped in November.
There are also another three Avatar movies scheduled for 2023, 2025, and 2027 releases. However, Cameron has previously stated that the latter two films depend on the box office performance of the first sequel. The first Avatar held the record for the biggest movie of all time for nearly a decade, before it was finally beaten by Avengers: Endgame last year.
In related news, the Avatar Twitter account recently confirmed that Ubisoft’s new open-world Avatar game, which is being developed by The Division studio Massive, is still in the works. Ubisoft has been quiet on the project for a long time, so some wondered if plans were scrapped. The game was announced in 2017 and is currently known only as The Avatar Project.