Even the Na’vi were affected by COVID-19, but James Cameron confirmed that Avatar 2 has finished filming, with Avatar 3 close behind!
As part of the 2020 Austrian World Summit, James Cameron sat down on a video chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger (who he worked with back in The Terminator days) to discuss, in part, the world’s environmental initiatives. You can check out the interview at the end of this article.
“COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” he said. “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.”
Disney had announced back in July that it had moved the Avatar sequels back a year with Avatar 2 set for December 16, 2022; Avatar 3 is on deck for December 20, 2024; Avatar 4 is slated for December 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 on Dec. 22, 2028.
Cameron went on to say, “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. 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 10% left to go. We’re 100% complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95% complete with Avatar 3.”
Even though we will have waited 13 years since the original, Cameron won’t give any details on what sort of plots will play out in the sequels.
He also mentioned how lucky they were to have chosen New Zealand as the shooting location for the first film. Being able to go back there for the sequels has made production much easier as the country is in the top 3 for countries handling the pandemic with the most success and keeping transmission rates extremely low.
The highly anticipated Avatar 2 is set for a theatrical debut December 16, 2022.