As moviegoers are given sneak previews of the impending sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, social media is a-buzz in foreign territories where Disney today began rollout on a restored version of James Cameron’s original 2009 Avatar.
The studio isn’t making any comments, but based on a plethora of Twitter accounts, it appears like The Way of Water gets a brief peek near the end of Avatar.
Additionally, and obviously depending on the market and/or cinema, the footage being presented varies from instance to instance. A positive response is a rather consistent occurrence (see a selection of tweets below).
With the exception of Spain (which opens on September 30), China (where it was already rereleased in 2021), and Russia, all overseas territories will get Avatar this weekend. Today’s notable reissues include Korea and France.
Over 8,000 offshore screens will show the 4K high dynamic range version (with about 50% in 3D). Friday sees the North American release.
Uncertainty surrounds whether this sample of Way of Water will be distributed throughout the world, but it seems sense given how Disney is piquing interest in the much-awaited sequel.
With almost $2.847 billion in worldwide sales, the first Avatar is the most successful movie ever. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaa, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver are among the cast members of the Cameron-written, Cameron-directed, Cameron-and-Jon Landau-produced Avatar film.
The Way of Water, the first in a series of anticipated sequels, debuts worldwide on December 14 and arrives in North America on December 16.