Monday, June 1, 2020

“Avatar” Sequels Set To Restart Production in New Zealand

Production on James Cameron’s long-in-the-making Avatar sequels is set to restart in New Zealand in June, according to producer Jon Landau. 

Work on the Avatar sequels came to a halt in mid-March after the New Zealand government instituted a lockdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Landau showed off a picture of a vessel that will be featured in the upcoming films. Avatar sets are ready and they couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand to restart production.

The long-delayed sequels to 2009’s Avatar were due to be completed by the end of 2020, with work on a total of four films being done simultaneously. Currently, Avatar 2 has a release date of Dec. 17, 2021, with the follow-ups to be released in December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027.

Wellington-based Weta Digital will continue to work on visual effects on the films, reportedly budgeted at NZ$1.65 billion ($1 billion).

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