James Cameron’s Avatar 2 Concept Art: Na’vi Kids, Water Lizard

Concept art of Avatar 2 featuring Na’vi children. Image: Entertainment Weekly/Fox

About a year from this point, audiences are queuing up to see Avatar 2. Or at least James Cameron hopes so. The sequel to Cameron’s 2009 film, which remains the highest grossing film of all time, is set for release on December 16, 2022, and a new piece of concept art gives us a first look at his new main characters: Jake and Neytiri’s children.

That’s the image above, courtesy of Weekly entertainment, who has a new interview with Cameron and his production partner Jon Landau. The pair again discuss how the film will largely submerged and takes place 14 years after the events of the original, meaning Jake and Neytiri’s children are now some of the main characters. You can see more images of the piece in this tweet from the official Avatar account.

“Finally, the sequels are a story about family, and the effort parents will put in to keep and protect that family,” Landau said. “I always say Jim’s movies have universal themes — and really, there’s no more universal theme than family.”

Naturally, we’ve been hearing this for years. Avatar 2 was originally scheduled to be released in December 2014. But eventually, Cameron realized that if he wanted to shoot the movie underwater, he and his teams would have to invent new technology to shoot the movie underwater — and all actors should train so that they would be able to hold their breath and act underwater so that everything looked real. As a result of that training, Sigourney Weaver (in a new mysterious role since her character died in the last film) and Kate Winslet (as Ronal, a member of the new Metkayina tribe who lives underwater) can each hold their breath for more than up to seven minutes.

“One of my favorite memories was that we had this round tank, maybe 40 feet wide, with a big glass portal in it. I was walking by one day and I see Kate Winslet walking on the bottom of the tank,” Landau said. “She walks up to me and sees me through the window, and she just waves, goes to the end of the wall, turns around and walks all the way back.”

Which, if we’re being honest, seems like a lot of work for something that no one is sure the public wants, especially Cameron. “The big problem is: are we going to make fucking money?” said Cameron. “Great, expensive films have to make a lot of money. We are in a new world post covid, post streaming. maybe that one [box office] numbers will never be seen again. Who knows? It’s all a big roll of the dice.”

A dice roll in which two small children caress a giant water lizard. The as-yet-untitled Avatar 2 will be out in a year. Go to EW for more from Cameron.

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