“Avatar” Sequels Set To Restart Production in New Zealand

Production on James Cameron’s long-in-the-making?Avatar?sequels is set to restart in New Zealand in June, according to producer Jon Landau.?

Work on the?Avatar?sequels?came to a halt?in mid-March after the New Zealand government instituted a lockdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Landau showed off a picture of a vessel that will be featured in the upcoming films. Avatar sets are ready and they couldn?t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand to restart production.

The?long-delayed?sequels to 2009’s?Avatar?were due to be completed by the end of 2020, with work on a total of four films being done simultaneously. Currently,?Avatar 2?has a release date of Dec. 17, 2021, with the follow-ups to be released in December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027.

Wellington-based Weta Digital will continue to work on visual effects on the films, reportedly budgeted at NZ$1.65 billion ($1 billion).