Remember James Cameron's 'Avatar?' Turns out a sequel is coming

We're getting a sequel to the highest-grossing film of all time

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Director James Cameron spoke to Entertainment Weekly in 2021 about how the choice to film the majority of the sequel underwater is one of the reasons it's taken 13 years to arrive.

Director James Cameron spoke to Entertainment Weekly in 2021 about how the choice to film the majority of the sequel underwater is one of the reasons it's taken 13 years to arrive.

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After 13 years, 20th Century Studios, which is now owned by Disney, is giving us a glimpse into James Cameron’s Avatar 2, set to debut on Dec. 16.

The sequel’s called "Avatar: The Way of Water." The first Avatar film was released in December 2009. It broke records at the time, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time and the fastest movie to gross $1 billion through to $2.8 billion, per Rotten Tomatoes.

The trailer for the sequel debuted at CinemaCon on April 27, 2022, where the title was also revealed, per reporting by deadline.com. It was released online on Monday, May 9.

The trailer remains No. 3 on Youtube's trending list. Director James Cameron retweeted the trailer on Monday. "I've been looking forward to this." Cameron wrote. 

At CinemaCon, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said the new film is "pushing limits even farther with high frame rate, higher resolution 3D and greater reality in our visual effects. I wanted our return to Pandora to be something really special. Every shot is designed for the biggest screen, highest resolution and most immersive 3D available. I think we pulled it off."

Cameron spoke to Entertainment Weekly in 2021 about how the choice to film the majority of the sequel underwater is one of the reasons it's taken 13 years to arrive.

"It sounds kind of nuts, the process," Cameron told Entertainment Weekly about his plan for the sequel. "I mean, if Avatar hadn't made so much damn money, we'd never do this — because it's kind of crazy."

The sequel is set more than a decade after the events of the first film and many of Avatar's original cast members are returning. Zoe Saldaña, who plays Neytiri, said she cried after watching 20 minutes of Avatar 2 footage in an interview promoting "The Adam Project."

"Avatar: The Way of Water" is directed by Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, per imdb.com. The film stars Zoe Saldaña, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement and Kate Winslet.