It’s Time to Stop Pretending We’re Not Excited for a New Avatar

by Vanity Fair — 27 April 2022

There were more obvious things to get excited about during Disney’s presentation to the movie theater industry at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday. There’s sure things like Lightyear, next week’s Marvel effort Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, even a huge, star-studded David O. Russell movie to earmark for the next Oscar season.

But in terms of good, old-fashioned hype, nothing seemed to beat the first footage from Avatar: The Way of Water—the now officially titled, officially actually existing sequel to Avatar, a.k.a. the biggest movie of 2009 and, for a while there, the biggest movie of all time. Appearing on video from New Zealand where he’s deep in post-production, director James Cameron promised that he had “set out to test the limits of what cinema can do” and reaffirmed his commitment to showing the film in digital 3D, a format he pioneered with the original film’s release 13 years ago.


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