Avatar Sequels officially resumes production in New Zealand next week
After two months of production interrupted in James Cameron's Avatar sequences due to the ongoing global pandemic, producer Jon Landau took to Facebook to reveal that longtime films are officially scheduled to resume filming next week in New Zealand. Its confirmation occurs two weeks after the country has launched new health and safety protocols that will allow to resume the production of films and TV. Landau also released a new backstage photo, which you can check out in the gallery below, revealing that the massive sets of the films are ready to shoot!
"Our Avatar sets are ready – and we couldn't be more excited to be returning to New Zealand next week." Landau said in his post. "Check out the Matador, a high-speed command ship forward (bottom) and the Picador jet (top) – I can't wait to share more."
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The cast of the Avatar franchise includes Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement and Oona Chaplin alongside a host of young actors. Returning cast members include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald and Sigourney Weaver.
Cameron recently explained that Colonel Miles Quaritch of Stephen Lang will return for the four sequences and will be the main villain throughout history. Filming officially started on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 on September 25, 2017.
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After some changes to the schedule, Avatar 2 was postponed for an entire year, from December 18, 2020 to December 17, 2021. Avatar 3 was postponed for two years, from December 17, 2021 to December 22, 2023 Avatar 4 will open two years later, on December 19, 2025 (originally on December 20, 2024) and Avatar 5 will fall on December 17, 2027 (originally on December 19, 2025). Although Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 are only released with the exception of director James Cameron that Avatar 2 and 3 are successful at the box office.