Filming for Avatar 2 is now 100% complete while production for Avatar 3 is about to wrap up too.
Great news for Avatar fans! Director James Cameron revealed that Avatar 2 is now 100% complete!
It's been more than a decade since the first Avatar film released and broke box office records as the highest-grossing film of all time.
The science fiction film released in 2009 and held the title for a decade until the release of Avengers: Endgame last year.
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused delays in the film and television industry, but creator James Cameron is thrilled to announce that Avatar 2 has finally finished filming. Avatar 3 is not far behind too!
Cameron revealed the thrilling news in an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"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," Cameron said during the 2020 Austrian World Summit, adding, "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 on Avatar 3."
Cameron said that they are 'very lucky' to have chosen New Zealand as their production site. The country's effective response to the Coronavirus outbreak allowed the Avatar team to resume production three months after the lockdowns.
"We're able to operate, we're able to shoot, and we're able to have a more or less normal life here, so we're very fortunate,"
The director added that he sees no other roadblocks when it comes to finishing both films.
The lengthy shoot began in 2017, with motion capture work for Avatar 2 completed in 2019, CinemaBlend reports. The team proceeded with live-action production but were forced to shut down in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Cameron and producer Jon Landau returned to New Zealand and were able to resume filming in June.
The film stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana as Jake Sully and Neytiri, respectively. At the end of the first film, Jake was permanently transferred into his avatar with the aid of the Tree of Souls.
Plot details for the sequel remain scarce as of this writing, but we're sure that Jake Sully and Neytiri are set to come back and try to keep their family together. We're also expecting to see different regions of Pandora as Jon Landau teased.
Avatar is a highly-acclaimed science fiction film. Aside from breaking box-office records in 2009, the first Avatar film also bagged 3 Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.
Avatar 2 is scheduled for release on December 16, 2022, while Avatar 3 is set to hit the big screens on December 20, 2024.