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Avatar: The Way of Water has finished post-production, just three weeks before release -Newzflash

Avatar: The Way of Water is finally finished, after six long years. Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau, who also worked on the original 2009 film, confirmed via Twitter that “final mixing and mastering” for the sequel had just been completed. The completion of post-production comes just three weeks before the second Avatar film’s global release on December 16, including in China. Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) reacted to the news, calling Avatar 2 a “stunning achievement” that is “suffocatingly full of majestic vistas and emotion.” It’s clear that the director is among the first to see the film, which also makes this the first official review of Avatar: The Way of Water. If you can call it that.

In addition to Avatar, Landau also collaborated with director James Cameron on 1997’s Titanic, both of which went on to become the highest-grossing films of all time. Released 13 years ago, Avatar broke new ground in Hollywood with its stunning VFX, welcoming audiences to the immersive world of Pandora. The film grossed $2.9 billion (approx. Rs. 23,600 crore) – with the recent re-release – and won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. Obviously, its sequel Avatar: The Way of Water has a lot to live up to, and even Cameron is raising concerns about profitability.

Speaking to GQ Magazine earlier this week, he noted that the film was very expensive to make and that it represented “the worst business case in the history of cinema.” For it to be profitable, he said, “you have to be the third or fourth highest-grossing movie in history. That’s your threshold. That’s your break even.” The director has also previously confirmed that he was prepared to end the Avatar franchise with a trilogy if The Way of Water underperforms.Shooting on Avatar 3 – reportedly subtitled The Seed Bearer – wrapped up with the lead in November 2018. In an interview with Variety noted producer Landau that the first act of Avatar 4 had also been shot.

Advance ticket bookings for Cameron’s much-anticipated sequel went live in India earlier this week across BookMyShow and Paytm and the official websites of major cinemas. Disney-owned 20th Century Studios also claims that Avatar: The Way of Water will witness 24-hour shows running at select theaters, with the first shows starting at 12:00 midnight onwards. The studio also dropped a final Avatar 2 trailer ahead of its release, which saw Jake Sully’s (Sam Worthington) family form an alliance with the coastal Metkayina clan and link up with the waterborne creatures to cross over.

Set more than a decade after the original film, the sequel brings back familiar faces including Zoe Saldaña as wife Neytiri, Sigourney Weaver as Kiri, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang and CCH Pounder. New additions to Avatar: The Way of Water include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel and CJ Jones.

Avatar: The Way of Water will be released on December 16 in cinemas worldwide. In India, the film is getting additional dubs in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.

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