We have more to go on regarding James Cameron‘s long-awaited sequel to his 2009 sci-fi hit Avatar, which (after a brief knock off the top spot) is still the highest-grossing film ever made. Walt Disney Studios’ presentation at CinemaCon 2022 in Las Vegas featured a spotlight on the follow-up, unveiling the film’s title, when fans can expect to see the trailer, and more.
First thing’s first: the sequel has been titled Avatar: The Way of Water. You can take a look at the title card below.
As for the plot, here’s the film’s official logline so far:
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
The cast includes returning cast members Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, CCH Pounder, Giovanni Ribisi, and Joel David Moore, with newcomers Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, and Michelle Yeoh.
Don’t forget: There are four (!) Avatar movies to come.
“At the center of each of the four sequels will be the Sully family,” said producer Jon Landau, who flew to Vegas from New Zealand to appear at the theatre industry event. “Each story will be a stand-alone and each will come to its own conclusion,” he said, adding that “when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four will create a larger epic saga.”
The teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water, which was screened in 3D for the first time at CinemaCon, will make its debut in cinemas with Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – released in Australia on May 5th and in the U.S. on May 6th. The trailer will then be released online a week after.
Avatar: The Way of Water is currently scheduled to open in Australian cinemas on December 15th and U.S. cinemas on December 16th.
To push the hype even further, a remastered version of the first film will be released in cinemas: September 22nd in Australia and September 23rd in the U.S.