Many fans thought that the day would never come: some of the shooting for Avatar 2 has actually been finished and the film might end up happening in our lifetime after all.
Director James Cameron, who is presiding over the shooting of the Avatar sequel, confirmed that Zoe Saldana has finished her part in Avatar 2 and 3, both of which are being shot simultaneously.
Speaking in a video presentation at the CineEurope festival, Cameron confirmed that Saldana, who plays the character of Neytiri, the love interest of lead character Jake Sully, has done with her filming, the strongest indication in quite some time that the movie is moving forwards towards a finished product.
It is now almost a decade since the original Avatar came out and broke basically every box office record going, while the sequels have been announced since 2010.
Fresh off the back of the success of the first Avatar movie, Cameron said that there would be at least two follow-up films, but they have been in development hell pretty much ever since.
Release dates were set provisionally for 2014 and 2015, but these have been rolled back year after year and now are set at an optimistic December 2020 and sometime in 2021.
The filming has been plagued by problems: technical limitations with the 3D effects have delayed the production, while financing arguments with the government of New Zealand - where Avatar is largely being made - and tragedy stuck the project when soundtrack composer James Horner was killed in a plane crash.
Director James Cameron, the brains behind Titanic, Aliens and The Terminator franchise, boldly decided to make two of the sequels back-to-back.
"One day I'll be working on scenes from two, the next day I'll be working on scenes from three," he said last month on the somewhat complicated filming process. "And the actors come in and go, 'Oh, we're working on 3 today'.'"
That Avatar is taking so long to produce should not be too surprising: the initial film took almost a decade from the first conception to the finished product.
Bearing that in mind, one day I hope to take my grandkids to see Avatar 5, presumably shown at the last cinema in the world as the tide waters rise around us.