Avatar 2 Has Finished Filming Confirms James Cameron; Set To Release On Dec 2022
Canadian Filmmaker James Cameron recently revealed that he is done filming Avatar 2, during a chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the latter’s YouTube channel. Cameron said that while Avatar 2 is almost done, the third part of the movie series, Avatar 3, which was being shot back-to-back is almost 95 percent complete.
“Well, Covid hit us like it hit everybody. 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. 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,” Cameron said.
Calling the decision ‘lucky’ to chose New Zealand as a production site for the first Avatar film, Cameron said they managed to shoot despite the pandemic due to the country’s brilliant response against the virus.
From the set of the Avatar sequels: Sigourney Weaver never shies away from a stunt, not even when it's underwater! pic.twitter.com/MnZ0cgGGjP— Avatar (@officialavatar) September 10, 2020
He added, “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 ten per cent left to go. We’re a hundred per cent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of ninety-five per cent complete on Avatar 3. So we’re very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago. We made the first film here in New Zealand and it turns out it’s ranked either first or second best country in the world for its Covid response. We are able to operate and live a normal life here. So we are very fortunate.”
In the #Avatar sequels, you won’t just return to Pandora — you’ll explore new parts of the world.— Avatar (@officialavatar) January 7, 2020
Check out these brand new concept art pieces for a sneak peek at what’s to come. pic.twitter.com/bfZPWVa7XZ
In terms of worldwide returns, Avatar was the highest-grossing movie of all time before Avengers: Endgame was re-released in theatres. Apart from economic success, it garnered a huge fanbase and praise from critics. Unlike most alien invasion movies, Cameron’s Avatar is a tale of humanity’s barbarism unleashed on the people of Pandora after humans invade a moon of the gas giant Polyphemus to mine the valuable mineral called Unobtanium; reminiscent of how modern humans have treated the tribals and native for expensive minerals under their feet.
All of the first film’s lead actors including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver will return in the sequels.
Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, David Thewlis, CJ Jones, and Vin Diesel are latest addition to the Avatar franchise. Avatar 2 is set to be released on December 16, 2022.