Walt Disney Studios has announced its massive slate of upcoming projects through 2027. After Disney’s acquisition of Fox and Fox Searchlight. These projects will include everything, from titled and untitled Star Wars projects to “Live action” Disney films such as ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin.’ The slate will also include James Cameron’s upcoming ‘Avatar’ films and the next chapter for Marvel/MCU, “Phase 4.”
Here’s the full Disney calendar, including 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight projects:
DISNEY’S 2019 FILMS
Tolkien (Fox Searchlight) – May 10, 2019
Aladdin (Disney) – May 24, 2019
Dark Phoenix (Fox) – June 7, 2019
Toy Story 4 (Disney) – June 21, 2019
Stuber (Fox) – July 12, 2019
The Lion King (Disney) – July 19, 2019
The Art of Dancing in the Rain (Fox) – Aug. 9, 2019
Ready or Not (Fox Searchlight) – Aug. 23, 2019
Ad Astra (Fox) – Sept. 20, 2019
The Woman in the Window (Fox) – Oct. 4, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney) – Oct. 18, 2019
Ford v. Ferrari (Fox) Nov. 15, 2019
Frozen 2 (Disney) – Nov. 22, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney) Dec. 20, 2019
Spies in Disguise (Fox) – Dec. 25, 2019
DISNEY’S 2020 FILMS
Underwatch (Fox) – Jan. 10, 2020
Untitled Kingsman Movie (Fox) – Feb. 14, 2020
Call of the Wild (Fox) Feb. 21, 2020
Onward (Disney) – March 6, 2020
Mulan (Disney) March 27, 2020
The New Mutants (Fox) April 3, 2020
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – May 1, 2020
Artemis Fowl (Disney) – May 29, 2020
Untitled Pixar Animation (Disney) – June 19, 2020
Free Guy (Fox) – July 3, 2020
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) – July 17, 2020
Jungle Cruise (Disney) – July 24, 2020
The One and Only Ivan (Disney) – Aug. 14, 2020
Death on the Nile (Fox) – Oct. 9, 2020
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – Nov. 6, 2020
Ron’s Gone Wrong (Fox) – Nov. 6, 2020
Untitled Disney Animation (Disney) – Nov. 25, 2020
West Side Story (Fox) – Dec. 18, 2020
Cruella (Disney) – Dec. 23, 2020
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – Feb. 12 – 2021
Nimona (Fox) – March 5, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – March 12, 20213/12/21
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – May 7, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – May 28, 2021
Untitled Pixar Animation (Disney) – June 18, 2021
Untitled Indian Jones (Disney) – July 9, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – July 30, 2021
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – Oct. 8, 2021
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – Nov. 5, 2021
Untitled Disney Animation (Disney) – Nov. 24, 2021
Avatar 2 (Fox) – Dec. 17, 2021
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – Feb. 18, 2022
Untitled Pixar (Disney) – March 18, 2022
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – May 6, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – May 27, 2022
Untitled Pixar (Disney) – June 17, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – July 8, 2022
Untitled Marvel (Disney) – July 29, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – Oct. 7, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – Nov. 4, 2022
Untitled Disney Animation (Disney) – Nov. 23, 2022
Untitled Star Wars (Disney) – Dec. 16, 2022
Untitled Disney Live Action (Disney) – Feb. 17, 2023
Avatar 3 (Fox) – Dec. 22, 2023
Untitled Star Wars (Disney) – Dec. 20, 2024
Avatar 4 (Fox) – Dec.19, 2025
Untitled Star Wars (Disney) – Dec. 18, 2026
Avatar 5 (Fox) – Dec. 17, 2027
‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Review | An Immersive Motion Picture Spectacle
“Avatar The Way of Water” is truly the motion picture event of a generation boasting an incredible, immense, and immersive 3D experience like no other seen on the big screen. James Cameron delivers an epic odyssey on a stunning scale showcasing breathtaking visuals, action, and a powerful, emotional story about family and discovering your identity.
Thirteen years ago, Academy Award®-winner James Cameron introduced us, moviegoers, to a whole new world unlike any we’d ever seen with his breathtaking epic “Avatar.” Now, the visionary filmmaker returns and invites us on a brand-new cinematic journey with the highly anticipated “Avatar: The Way of Water.”
Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña reprise their iconic roles, playing Jake Sully and Neytiri, alongside Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. The movie also introduces audiences to a group of talented young actors including Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Jack Champion and Bailey Bass.
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. However, they must leave their home and explore the regions of Pandora. They travel across the vast reaches, ultimately fleeing to a territory held by the Metkayina clan, who live in harmony with their surrounding oceans. There, the Sullys must learn to navigate both the dangerous water world and the uncomfortable dynamics of gaining acceptance from their new community. However when an ancient threat resurfaces, Jake must fight a difficult war against the humans.
Making The Magic
“Avatar: The Way of Water certainly had 13 years of preparation to deliver a memorable cinematic experience and making a sequel to the most successful movie of all time seems like a daunting challenge but as the saying goes never doubt James Cameron who had before written and directed two of the most successful and beloved sequels of all-time: “Aliens” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” This world of Pandora and its inhabitants has been with Cameron for quite a long time, originally he had written an early treatment in 1994, though the technology and means to bring his vision to life didn’t exist yet. The filmmaker brought wealths of Knowledge from his filmography and “The Abyss” creating a live-action film, transforming motion capture into performance capture and truly pushing the technology with visual effects which in turn has become truly revolutionary within Hollywood.
Cameron writes movies with themes that are bigger than their genre and that’s why his movies resonate with people. Back in 2010 Cameron, Landau, and a gathering contemplated a future on Pandora by exploring and expanding stories set on the lush alien moon and with more than 1,500 pages of notes on the story, they worked on not just one sequel but a series of subsequent movies all anchored around one central theme, the importance of family.
They had all screenplays for the four movies completed before moving on to production on the first sequel. This allowed him to map out all the stories and then get the scope and scale of the different stages of production such as capturing the actors across multiple films with performance capture, live-action, and then post-production. The success of 2009’s Avatar heavily influenced the direction of digital filmmaking and distribution,. The film includes 22 tracks, featuring music by Grammy Award-winning composer Simon Franglen, who worked alongside the late Jame Horner on the original Avatar film and spend much of the last three years composing the score for the highly anticipated sequel.
Family Is Our Fortress
Set approximately 15 years after the events of the original Avatar. In the forests of Pandora, Jake Sully, having begun “Avatar” as a paraplegic Marine grieving the death of his twin brother and desperately searching for a new path, now begins “The Way of Water” as the happily married patriarch of his family and the head of the Omatikaya clan, fully inhabiting his Na’vi body. “Family is our fortress,” he often reminds wife Neytiri and their children, Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), Tuk (Trinity Jo-Li Bliss) and their adopted teenage daughter, Kiri (Sigourney Weaver). Much to Jake’s and Neytiri’s chagrin, their kids often hang out with Spider (Jack Champion), a human child orphaned by the war and too small at the time to return to Earth.
Sam Worthington returns to the leading role of Marine turned Na’vi leader Jake Sully. Zoe Saldaña once again is the Na’vi warrior Neytiri, now wrestling with her obligations and duties to her family and her clan. Sigourney Weaver plays their adopted teenage daughter Kiri, who’s the biological daughter of the avatar of Dr Grace Augustine, the deceased character Weaver played in the first film. Weaver truly gives one of her best performances throughout this film, she truly transcends through Kiri.
Jamie Flatters is Neteyam, the eldest of Jake and Neytiri’s boys, and the somewhat golden child, who can do no wrong. Britain Dalton, is the proverbial second son, Lo’ak. desperate to win his father’s approval, Lo’ak was born with an extra finger, which makes him something of an outcast among his clan. Trinity Jo-Li Bliss portrays Tuk, another favourite character of mine as she is daring, mischievous and incredibly close to her mother Neytiri, her grandmother Mo’at (CCH Pounder reprising her “Avatar” role) and big sister Kiri.
The Sully family truly are a delight as we go on a journey across Pandora with them. Its the importance of family that makes this movie outstanding, this theme is universal as it shows on screen the bonds between a mother, father and their children whilst the sons try to live up to their fathers legacy. the film brings a dilemma to these characters as you’ve got to do what’s right for the greater good or to do your job and duty of what your heart tells you for your family.
Into The Water
After making the long journey across the vast oceans of Pandora, the Sullys arrive at the home of Metkayina clan, they’re oceanic Na’vi located on Pandora’s reefs in the village of Awa’atlu led by Ronal (Kate Winslet) and Tonowari (Cliff Curtis). Reluctantly welcoming their guests, Ronal and Tonowari instruct their children Tsireya (Bailey Bass) and Aonung (Filip Geljo) to attempt to help the Sully kids adapt to the water clan’s customs and traditions.
Reuniting with James Cameron for the first time since 1997’s “Titanic,” Kate Winslet portrays Ronal, the Tsahik, and Matriarch of the Metkayina clan, married to Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) the Olo’eyktan of the clan.
They live along the shores of the Pandoran oceans, housing in Mauri pods which are built into the roots of mangrove-like trees spanning the islands, these homes hang directly above the water. Massive seawall terraces that guard the village from strong waves and provide easy access for the clan to fish. The main village Awa’atlu has small docks for canoes, a centralised ilu pen and communal areas for gathering, eating and the telling of tales and singing of songs.
The characters themselves are a slightly different shade of blue than the Omatikaya, and they have a different physiology, with large hands, wider chests and rib cages, and thick protuberances of cartilage beneath skin, almost like fins, that extend down the sides of their arms and legs to help them swim. They also have wider tails to help propel their bodies through the water.
The islands of the Metkayina and the waters surrounding them are home to many unique specimens of fauna and flora such as having a close relationship with tulkuns, sentient, whale-like creatures of Pandora, and are able to communicate with them. The Metkayina consider them to be their siblings, with each member having a tulkun “spirit brother/sister”. They have also domesticated ilus, using them as a mode of transport across the Pandoran oceans, much like direhorses of terrestrial Na’vi. During combat, skilled hunters of the Metkayina ride the skimwing; taming one is also a rite of passage into adulthood. most notably is the Cove of the Ancestors which is a sacred place.
The Metkayina have a unique and spiritual relationship with the tulkun, a species of sentient whale-like creatures that can grow to 300-feet long. the tulkun culture and the Na’vi culture are joined together with music, with singing, with dance. Jake and Neytiri’s son Lo’ak befriends Payakan an adolescent tulkun, somewhat of an outcast—the two communicate using sign language developed specially by actor and deaf-advocate CJ Jones for the production of the film.
Cameron’s world-building is absolutely phenomenal as he brings to life a new species of Na’vi that are accustomed to the way of water and enriched with such stunning landscape. The underwater sequences are truly a spectacle to behold especially in 3D.
We continue to explore more of the moon Pandora itself, Pandora is another character in the movie ultimately being used as a metaphor for our world throughout the film explores new biomes and new cultures. And Cameron sets this story focusing on his love for the oceans.
The production design is beautiful everything from the natural Pandora to the Na’vi Dylan Cole designed while Ben Procter designed the environments, vehicles and weapons of the human characters. Two worlds collide in “Avatar The Way of Water”, the human world which is highly advanced and technological, and then the world of Pandora, its inhabitants, the creatures, the plants.
Underwater Perfomance Capture
Captureing performances under water was something that had never been done before. They actually shot underwater and at the surface of the water so to capture that the actors were swimming properly, getting out of the water properly, and diving in properly, each underwater sequence is real because the motion was real. The filmmaker constructed an enormous tank at where Cameron and Landau’s production company, Lightstorm, is housed. The tank could hold enough water to allow the filmmaker to replicate real-world oceanic conditions. Standing 120 feet long, 60 feet wide and 30 feet deep and holding more than 250,000 gallons of water, the massive tank functioned as the films’ underwater performance capture stage.
For the performance capture technology to work underwater, however, the water had to be clear. The actors and crew of course, had to be holding their breath so to help them give compelling performances underwater, the cast studied free diving with internationally recognised expert Kirk Krack. Kate Winslet was able to do a static breath hold for 7 minutes and 20 seconds.
An Immersive, And Emotional, Theatrical Spectacle
With “Avatar The Way of Water” James Cameron creates an immersive experience in which audiences will feel like they’re alongside the characters on their adventures. He pushes the boundaries of cinematic storytelling, by expertly utilising enhanced 3D technology, Cameron transports filmgoers inside the narrative, enabling them to truly experience the richly detailed environments of Pandora and allowing them the opportunity to traverse its majestic terrain alongside brave and bold heroes Jake and Neytiri.
Ultimately Cameron has delivered an epic! blockbuster that succeeds in taking us back to Pandora with such emotional weight, sheer scope, and incredible detail. It’s worth seeing on the biggest screen possible.
James Cameron Releases New Concept Images From ‘Avatar 2’
James Cameron has released new concept images from his 2021 ‘Avatar 2’ project. As Variety reports, Cameron dropped the new images at 2020 CES, where the Mercedes automaker presented its own far-out concept: Mercedes-Benz. The new images depict the “Water themed” concept that Cameron has been promising for the future installment and return to Pandora.
The cast will include returning actors, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver returning in a mysterious new role. The newly added cast members include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, David Thewlis, Vin Diesel, and CJ Jones.
Check out the concept images below, drop a comment, tell us what you think!
AVATAR 2 (2018)
Not Yet/ Rated Action, sci-fi, adventure
December 21, 2018
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver
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