Weta Digital, the visual effects company behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has officially kicked off the VFX work on James Cameron's upcoming Avatar sequels.
Weta was responsible for providing the digital effects for the original 2009 blockbuster, which still remains the highest grossing film of all time with a staggering 2.7-Billion worldwide.
"What Joe Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify," James Cameron said in a recent statement. "Since we made Avatar, Weta continued to prove themselves as doing the best CG animation, the most human, the most alive, the most photo-realistic effects in the world. And of course, that now means I can push them to take it even further."
Weta Digital will continue to bring Cameron's vision to life as the four subsequent sequels will explore new locations on the planet not seen in the first film.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, C. C. H. Pounder are all returning for the four Avatar sequels, along with franchise newcomers Cliff Curtis and Oona Chaplin.
Avatar 2 arrives on December 18th, 2020, with the additional three follow-ups releasing on December 17th, 2021, December 20th, 2024, and December 19th, 2025.
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