Avatar: The Way of Water Producer Jon Landau Reveals 'Most of The First Act is Complete'

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At a press conference during the Busan International Film Festival, Avatar: The Way of Water Producer Jon Landau revealed most of the first act of the film has been completed, and most of the film has also already been designed.

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Originally, the film was planned for release back in December 2014, but ended up getting delayed many times after, and is currently scheduled to be released officially on December 16 this year.

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“We’ve completed most of the first act of Avatar 4 and there were logistical reasons why we needed to do that,” Landau says to Variety. “We’ve designed most of the whole movie for Avatar 4 but we haven’t actually filmed all of it — just the first act.”

The producer showcased 15-minute footage from Avatar: The Way of Water at the Busan International Film Festival where he also shared the high-frame-rate projection technology used for the film. Director James Cameron appeared through a video link for the event to discuss in-depth the technology utilized to make the film possible.

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“We could not have delivered what people saw today, five years ago, eight years ago, nine years ago.” Landau admits, “We needed the time to take it to the level that we’re able to deliver to people today.”

Landau reveals that while each incoming sequel is set to introduce a new culture, they will not be leaving the previously introduced cultures in the dust. “With each sequel, we’re going to introduce audiences to new cultures and new biomes. We don’t leave behind the cultures that we’ve met.” The producer explains.

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“As filmmakers, we have a responsibility to use our art form to challenge people to see things differently,” Landau expands on his reveal, “And science fiction allows us the opportunity to be a metaphor for the world in which we live without preaching about it. Because if you preach, you only reach those who are already converted.”

Avatar: The Way of Water is set to premiere on December 16 this year.

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