James Cameron has revealed that filming has been completed on Avatar 2, and the team have had a massive head start on Avatar 3, too.
Avatar 2 was one of many movies which faced delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the director confirmed in an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger, that they had more than caught up.
He revealed: ‘Covid hit us like it hit everybody… We lost about four and a half months of production.
‘As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already.
‘Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3,’ he said in the video conference for the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference.
‘So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting. We’re shooting the remainder of the live action. We’ve got about ten percent left to go.
‘We’re a hundred percent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3.’
New Zealand has been one of the countries with the fewest coronavirus cases and deaths since the pandemic began, and James admitted he was grateful to shoot there.
He added: ‘We made the first film here in New Zealand, and it’s ranked either first or second best country in the world for its Covid response – sometimes Germany’s in the number one spot, sometimes New Zealand’s in the number one spot.
‘But we’re actually able to operate. We’re at level two here right now, but we’re able to operate, we’re able to shoot, and we’re able to have a more or less normal life here.
‘We’re very fortunate, so I don’t see any road blocks to us getting the picture finished.’
The upcoming film will be a follow-up to 2009’s blockbuster hit and was originally supposed to be released in 2014.
Avatar 2 is due for release on December 17, 2022 and Avatar 3 is scheduled for December 20, 2024.
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