‘Avatar’ Sequels Set to Resume Production in New Zealand

The long-delayed sequels to the 2009 mega-hit were due to be completed by the end of 2020, and may still in fact make their release dates, which 20th Century Studios still have not changed yet.

Production on James Cameron's Avatar sequels is all set to restart in New Zealand by next week, producer Jon Landau said in an update.

"We couldn't be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week", he wrote.

Landau also pointed out some of the special bits of kit that fans can expect to see in the film when it comes out. "Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) - can't wait to share more".

The sea vessels look massive and intimidating, and will likely be the ships used by the humans to traverse the mostly water-covered world that Avatar 2 will be exploring.

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Much like the rest of the world, New Zealand was also under lockdown, but circumstances have improved there, allowing the team to resume production.

The "Avatar" crew may be heading back to Pandora soon. "So it's all on hold right now".

"We were about to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed". That's good news, as it's already been eleven years since we saw the first instalment, so it's hard to say whether these planned follow-ups will be able to recapture the same level of success as James Cameron's original.

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.

Director James Cameron, who splits his time between California and his Wairarapa home, told Empire magazine earlier this month that he was hopeful Avatar 2 would still meet its scheduled release for December 2021.

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