'Avatar' Sequels Might Be Shown in 3D Without Needing Any Glasses

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 7:35PM
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 7:35PM
'Avatar' Sequels Might Be Shown in 3D Without Needing Any Glasses
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It's time to talk about the biggest contribution that James Cameron's Avatar movies have made to popular culture: the overabundance of 3D movies that continues to this day.

Movie theaters had to buy lots of shiny new tech for Cameron's Avatar, and that meant justifying the purchase by forever more offering audiences the chance to watch their favorite movie stars flicker around a blurry screen in a way that, if you squint, almost looks like they're in the room with you. Naturally, we're all going to have to sit through the entire experience all over again with the sequels, but to his credit, James Cameron is looking for ways to make 3D more comfortable, even if it'll probably end up being even more expensive.

According to Inside the Magic, James Cameron's production company is looking to partner with Christie Digital in an extended deal that'll make a new, laser-based 3D screening system available for future Avatar movies. If this technology pans out, it would mean bright, shiny, slightly nauseating 3D visuals without the need for any kind of annoying 3D glasses - presumably so long as the audience is sitting completely still without moving their heads.

We know from existing glasses-free technology, like Nintendo's 3DS handheld, that there's an optimal "bubble" in which this kind of technology works, so if you're ever in one of Cameron's futuristic laser shows, try not to glance at the screen when you get up during a Navi dance number to visit the bathroom, or you could end up giving yourself a headache.

But another problem is that by now, 3D is also mostly obsolete. If audiences want slightly nauseating immersion at this point, we strap on VR headsets and wander around in expansive digital worlds.



Considering this is James Cameron, it is tempting to give him the benefit of the doubt on the issue of 3D - after all, you don't end up making the two highest grossing movies of all time by accident. But with CGI-rich sci-fi movies like Valerian on the horizon, there's already a question as to whether the Avatar universe even offers a groundbreaking experience at this point.

This 3D tech probably won't be ready in time for the first Avatar sequel, unless the movie gets delayed even more. But if Cameron's plans work out, we'll be seeing this stuff sooner rather than later, so let's just hope it's actually worth the price of admission.

Avatar 2 is currently on track to come out sometime in 2019 or 2020.

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