- James Cameron had a chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the 2020 Austrian World Summit and confirmed production details on the upcoming 'Avatar' sequels with 'Avatar 2' ready to meet its December 2022 debut.
James Cameron has confirmed that Avatar 2 is complete. The acclaimed filmmaker explained how COVID-19 impacted production of the blockbuster sequel during a video interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the 2020 Austrian World Summit.
“COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” Cameron stated. “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 shifted the release dates of all Avatar sequels back in July due to the pandemic, scheduling Avatar 2 for a December 16, 2022 release and Avatar 3 to premiere on December 20, 2024. The following fourth and fifth installments of the franchise are due in 2026 and 2028.
Cameron added that Avatar 3 was about 95 percent complete, and as soon as the sequel was released then work on the third installment would begin without any roadblocks.
The director and producer Jon Landau resumed production in New Zealand back in June to finish shooting the remainder of the live action. Landau shared photos on Instagram of the first shot back in production and of Sigourney Weaver on the film’s water tank set back in September.
Cameron praised New Zealand’s COVID-19 response, stating “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 to be ranking first or second-best country in the world for its COVID response.”
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Watch the video conference “2020 Austrian World Summit: One on One with Director James Cameron” hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger below: