'Avatar 2' news and updates: Sequel will focus on Na'vi culture, will use motion capture for underwater scenes

(Credit: REUTERS/Fred Prouser)Director James Cameron announce a long-term agreement which will bring "Avatar" themed lands to Disney parks with the the first at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as he speaks at a media briefing in Glendale, Calfornia September 20, 2011. A scene from "Avatar" is shown on screen background.

The 2009 blockbuster movie "Avatar" is getting not just one, not just two, but three sequel movies, if rumors are to be believed. And 20th Century Fox has revealed hints and teases on when the three sequels are coming out.

"Avatar 2" is confirmed for a December 2017 release and though no exact date has been given, 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos reveals that Christmas is the perfect date to drop the sequel. He also added that "Avatar 3" and "Avatar 4" may carry with them the same release dates in 2018 and 2019.

Previous reports, including an interview with the late composer James Horner, confirm that "Avatar 2" will be shot mostly underwater. Venture Capital reports that this new environment for the sequel means that director James Cameron, who also directed the first movie, is going to utilize technology and directing styles never before used in movies. It was already reported that "Avatar 2" will be going beyond the usual 24 frames per second and that Cameron will use an advanced frame rate.

Motion capture technology, which is extremely popular among video games, will also be utilized. And co-producer Jon Landau explains how this will factor into the sequel which is set to explore Pandora's oceans.

"WETA is working out underwater performance capture for underwater scenes. 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," quotes Realty Today. Cameron's influence of the Micronesia civilization will also matter a lot in the styling of the film.

Wikia also answers a few questions about the possible story arcs. The new Avatar movie will mostly focus on the Na'vi culture rather than the Na'vi-human hybrids. Landai promises a story that will be loved by the whole family.

"Avatar" was a blockbuster hit in 2009 sweeping the number one spot for weeks and earning more than $2 billion. It may be a tough act to follow, but Cameron will surely take the sequels to new heights.

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