AVATAR: Concept Art From 2009 Movie May Offer Hint At What Earth Will Look Like In James Cameron's Sequels

AVATAR: Concept Art From 2009 Movie May Offer Hint At What Earth Will Look Like In James Cameron's Sequels

Resurfaced concept art from 2009's Avatar shows us exactly what's become of Earth in the 2100s, but could director James Cameron revisit some of these designs for his upcoming sequels? Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Jun 27, 2023 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Avatar
Source: SFFGazette.com

Avatar: The Way of Water continued to expand Pandora, taking us to a new part of the planet while diving into its oceans. That resulted in some of the best VFX we've ever seen in a modern blockbuster, though the sequel was relatively slow-paced and didn't move James Cameron's overarching story as forward as we'd hoped. 

However, in an interview which took place last December, franchise producer Jon Landau teased, "In ['Avatar 5'] there is a section of the story where we go to Earth. And we go to it to open people’s eyes, open Neytiri's eyes, to what exists on Earth."

In other words, Neytiri will somehow find herself on Jake Sully's planet, a unique twist that, while a long way off, has plenty of potential. 

Now, some resurfaced Avatar concept art - courtesy of artists Seth Engstrom and Dylan Cole - reveals what Earth looks like a hundred or so years from now. As you can see, it appears crowded, polluted, and suitably futuristic. 

In The Way of Water, General Frances Ardmore confirmed Earth is a dying planet, and as Jake makes his way around this unnamed city, it looks suitably overcrowded and near-post-apocalyptic. 

It's for that reason the RDA has invaded Pandora, of course, and we're sure Cameron will revisit this artwork when the time comes to finally shift the action back to our planet. The filmmaker clearly intends to devote the rest of his career to this sci-fi franchise, and by the time the fifth instalment is released, over two decades will have passed since 2009's Avatar first arrived in theaters (are you feeling old yet?).

We recently learned that Avatar 3 has shifted its release date to December 19, 2025. As a result, Avatar 4 moves to December 21, 2029, with Avatar 5 now taking aim at a December 19, 2031 release.

Take a closer look at this concept art (via SFFGazette.com) below.

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Canon108
Canon108 - 6/27/2023, 6:26 AM
We already saw what earth will look like, there was a 4min intro added to the theatrical re-release...what a stupid article.
Demigods
Demigods - 6/27/2023, 7:12 AM
@Canon108 - I've actually never seen that... or if I have, I have zero recollection of it. Gonna look that up now.
Canon108
Canon108 - 6/27/2023, 7:57 AM
@Demigods - it should be on youtube...it was added to the 2009 theatrical re-release. It's also on the bluray too. Pretty cool, but this article is pretty much clickbait since we've seen it 14 years ago.
RitoRevolto
RitoRevolto - 6/27/2023, 7:05 AM
Very cyberpunk. Looks like a layered metropolis. Sweet.
Jackraow21
Jackraow21 - 6/27/2023, 7:41 AM
Blade Runner
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/27/2023, 8:50 AM
Yup that's pretty much how I see the future looking.
Usernametaken
Usernametaken - 6/27/2023, 8:58 AM
Those artworks were made for a movie released in 2009.

Don't expect cutting edge design from something made around 2005
BlackStar25
BlackStar25 - 6/27/2023, 9:26 AM
Earth?....Mannnnn....That ship has sailed.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 6/27/2023, 11:23 AM
Think it would be pretty cool if 5 has a cyberpunk setting. Because we all know Neon is the fifth element
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