Avatar 2 Is Set To Resume Filming Again In New Zealand
According to one of the film's producers, the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron's billion-dollar blockbuster looks set to resume filming in New Zealand after the whole movie business ground to a halt during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Jon Landau shared a picture of the hi-tech set of the film and seemed to confirm that they'd soon be back at work.
He wrote: "Our #Avatar sets are ready - and we couldn't be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week."
Landau also pointed out some of the special bits of kit that fans can expect to see in the film when it comes out.
He continued: "Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) - can't wait to share more."
It looks pretty fancy, but it's an Avatar film - what were we expecting?
Avatar 2's director James Cameron also recently spoke about his desire to get production for the hotly anticipated sequel under way once more.
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Earlier this month, he said: "It's putting a major crimp in our stride here,
"I want to get back to work on Avatar, which right now we're not allowed to do under state emergency laws or rules. So it's all on hold right now...
"We were about to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed. We're trying to get back to it as quick as we can."
He continued: "On the bright side, New Zealand seems to have been very effective in controlling the virus and their goal is not mitigation, but eradication, which they believe that they can do with aggressive contact tracing and testing,
"So there's a very good chance that our shoot might be delayed a couple of months, but we can still do it. So that's good news. We've got everybody - everybody at Weta Digital and Lightstorm - working from home to the extent that that is possible,
"But my work is on the stage doing the virtual cameras and so on, so I can do a bit of editing, but it's not great for me."
Well, it ain't great for anyone, James.
If everything gets underway again, the film should hit cinemas on 17 December 2021, and they've even planned out the release dates for the next few films, too.
Avatar 3 is set to be out on 22 December 2023, Avatar 4 on 19 December 2025, and then Avatar 5 on 17 December 2027.
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