In 2011, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide announced that it had join forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of Avatar to life at Disney parks. Construction of the 12-acre park — known as Pandora – The World of Avatar and featuring floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees — got underway in Janaury 2014 and is expected to open next summer.
Last Sunday, at D23's Destination D: Amazing Adventures panel, Cameron, Alpha Centauri Expeditions (A.C.E.) Founder Marshall Lamm, and Imagineer Joe Rohde to shared new details about the park. The presentation concluded with a clip of a Na'vi animatronic (Shaman of Songs) telling the audience she looks forward to seeing everyone on Pandora.
In the 2009 original, Sam Worthington's Jake Sully was a wounded former Marine confined to a wheelchair. His bravery and destiny help define a world he didn't even know existed. As Jake's relationship deepened with Zoe Saldana's Neytiri, a fearless and beautiful Na'vi huntress, he learned to respect the Na'vi way and finally took his place among them.
The four Avatar sequels are planned to hit theaters during Christmas-time of 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023. Cameron plans to shoot the back-to-back-to-back-to-back, but currently, they are still in pre-production. They are being produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. Worthington and Saldana will reprise their Avatar roles and Sigourney Weaver, who played Grace Augustine in the first film, will return to a "different" and "more challenging character" in the upcoming films.
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20th Century Fox is expected to release Avatar 2 on December 21, 2018.