From the LA Times story…
Fans of “Avatar,” the James Cameron film that became the highest-grossing movie in history, have something to look forward to besides its four planned sequels: a series of books based on the film series.
Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that it will publish “a wide range of books across adult and children’s formats” based on the science fiction movie and its upcoming sequels.
There’s no word yet on when the books will be released; “Avatar 2,” the first sequel to the movie, is filming and scheduled for a debut in December 2020. The film is expected to star several cast members from the original move, including Sigourney Weaver, C.C.H. Pounder, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana.
Director Cameron will collaborate with Penguin Random House in the production of the books, the publisher said in a news release.
“The unprecedented partnership will work to expand and enrich the ‘Avatar’ universe through a multiyear publishing strategy that will begin during the lead-up to ‘Avatar 2’ and continue through and beyond the release of ‘Avatar 5,’” the publisher said.
AvatarMeet 2017 is now history, but it certainly created a lot of memories. From learning Na’vi in Pandora, to visiting the Kennedy Space Center, to volunteering at a local nature preserve, it was a week of fun and camaraderie for old friends and new. And the good news is that nobody got kicked out of the hotel for being too loud playing Cards Against Humanity at midnight!
Attendees were treated to a trip to Pandora, courtesy of Alpha Centauri Expeditions.
Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment have created the amazing experience of traveling to Pandora at the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Experiencing this should be on the bucket list for every fan of Avatar!
AvatarMeet 2017 happens soon!
The meet this year is on Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The multi-day event is November 6th through November 11th. There is also a trip to the Kennedy Space Center planned for a day. Dr. Paul Frommer will host another of his famous Na’vi language lessons – in Pandora!
For all the details and latest news, see the AvatarMeet Website or the latest AvatarMeet Newsletter.
With the filming of the Avatar sequels due to start in September, how would you like to get involved in sending a video message to James Cameron, his cast and crew to let them know we are still here and wishing them well? Deadline for submitting your contribution is August 13, 2017, so don’t delay!
See [this post] in the forums for more info!
UPDATE: Here is the video that was created!
Visual effects studio Weta Digital has begun work on the four sequels to James Cameron’s “Avatar”, one of the highest-grossing films ever.
The Wellington, New Zealand-based shop was most recently in the limelight for its motion-capture work on “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
“What Joe Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify,” said Cameron, referring to Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor. “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.”
He added, “And of course, that now means I can push them to take it even further.”
“The depth of talent at Weta is impressive and the culture of excellence is one that matches how we do things at Lightstorm,” said Jon Landau, producer on all the avatar movies. Lightstorm Entertainment is the production company behind “Avatar” and other Cameron-directed features, including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Titanic.”
Landau hinted at breakthroughs to come. “We also know that these next films promise to be even more ambitious than the first film,” he noted.
“Avatar is the ideal type of film for us,” said Letteri. “Jim’s vision for the world of Pandora was always so much bigger than what we created for the first film. Helping him expand the language of cinema through new narratives set in such an expansive universe is the type of opportunity that rarely comes along twice. Projects like this allow everyone involved to push themselves to do their best work.”
The full article can be found here.