Selected attendees at Thursday’s Busan International Film Festival got a taste of the highly anticipated 2022 film: James Cameron’s Mega Tent Pole Avatar: The way of the water.
A 15 minute showreel featuring exclusive footage from the Avatar sequel was shown to a large Korean audience who paid about $5 each (7,000 Korean won) to put on 3D glasses and attend the promo event (tickets sold out almost immediately after entering the festival). went on sale). Avatar: The way of the waterLead Producer Jon Landau attended the event to introduce the footage and discuss some of the revolutionary technological processes used in the creation of the new film.
Disney has signaled its intention to take Busan by storm, Avatar 2 posters along the city’s iconic Haeundae Beach, along with huge sand sculptures on the beach itself, printed with Avatar‘s characters and some of the mythical sea creatures that appear in the sequel.
In a story set more than a decade after the events of the first film, the preview images shown in Korea reintroduce Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, and Na’vi Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldaña, against stunning shots of the brilliant blue water of Pandora—both above and below the surface. As revealed by trailers, Toruk, the flying creatures introduced in the first movie, are back for the sequel, along with new majestic whale-like creatures.
Shortly after the preview, Twitter reactions from the Busan crowd started pouring in.
User TailorContent tweeted in Korean: “Director Cameron is confident for a reason! It was so exciting to see the pre-release footage. You smell the money during the CG and action scenes. There were a lot of underwater scenes in the 18 minute video released and the CG quality was so high. I can’t wait for Avatar: The way of the water!”
Twitter user @opticron tweeted a quote from Landau’s presentation, along with a photo of Cameron that appeared via a video link: “John Landau, producer of the franchise, said, ‘If the first film pursued something ‘photographic’, the second film tried strive for ‘photorealism’.”
Many other audience members were clearly more impressionistic in their reactions.
“Whoa… Avatar 2 looks so good…” Another user tweeted.
Recurring characters for the sequel also include Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. The way of the water also includes some big newcomers including Vin Diesel and Cameron’s Titanic star Kate Winslet. Talent behind the scenes including director of photography Russell Carpenter, Oscar winner of Cameron Titanic DP. Avatar 2Visual effects are back at New Zealand’s Weta FX, again led by senior VFX supervisor and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri.
Admission revenue from the sneak-peak event in Busan will be donated to a charity selected by the Busan International Film Festival and the Walt Disney Company, organizers said.
To re-introduce global fans to Cameron’s world of Pandora, Disney has re-released the original Avatar in theaters on September 23, with enhanced picture and sound. The reissue has grossed over $15 million in North America and nearly $40 million worldwide, pushing the 2009 film further into the record books. AvatarThe film’s lifespan now stands at over $2.9 billion, the largest share of any film in box office history (Avengers: Endgame ranks second with $2,797 billion).
Cameron, Landau and their Lightstorm Entertainment, along with 20th Century and Disney, are expected to offer Avatar 2 in a wide variety of formats to support the range of theater installations, including the use of 3D, 4K and a high frame rate of 48 frames per second.
Avatar: The way of the water opens worldwide on December 16.