Fans have been waiting since 2009 for a sequel to the box office juggernaut that was Avatar.
But even though the second installment in the sci-fi franchise is not expected until 2021, director James Cameron has teased some early ‘concept art’ for his forthcoming movie.
The four images depict different locales within the lush world of Pandora.
The Terminator 2: Judgement Day director unveiled the images at Daimler’s keynote Monday night at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One image showed several Na’vi flying low across water on the backs of banshees.
Another depicted large rocks apparently floating in the air.
Most of the images showed several large moons visible in the planet’s sky.
The long-delayed sequel is currently slated for a December 2021 release, while three more sequels are expected to follow in 2023, 2025 and 2027. The films will star Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet.
Also at this year’s CES, Daimler-Benz rolled out its bizarre new electric concept car which is inspired by the blockbuster movie.
To help translate the idea behind the car’s design, Daimler-Benz enlisted the help of Cameron.
The True Lies filmmaker took the opportunity to highlight Avatar’s underpinning message of sustainability and how that message found its way into the vehicle.
‘I sat at this car, at the control interface and it just felt alive, it breathes, it’s just organic,’ said Cameron.
The entirely electric car, a sleek and futuristic looking sedan, is capable of traveling autonomously and can even use its unique wheel design to slide sideways using ‘bionic flaps’ that are modeled after a reptile’s scales.
The so-called flaps all allow front and rear axles in the same or opposite direction, and give the VISION AVTR the ability to move sideways by about 30 degrees, in a type of “crab movement’ that also gives the concept vehicle an animal-like exterior.
The car, even takes some of its functional cues from the movie franchise, using what the company calls ‘biometric connection.’
The Vision AVTR also embodies the themes of the Avatar films by using a novel organic battery that doesn’t use any rare-earth metals
The materials of the battery are also compostable and completely recyclable which helps it to avoid reliance on fossil fuels.
Though the concept car will likely never see the road, Cameron said it’s not the product that matters, it’s what the car represents.
‘I was a little disappointed to find out I can’t order one, but apparently we’re a ways off from that,’ said Cameron to audience laughter.
‘Do you want to aspire for a future where cars like this are possible or do you want to be a bad steward?… You have to start with the gesture, you have to start with the idea.’