James Cameron is hopeful that Avatar 2 will release on schedule despite ceasing in productions due to lockdowns brought by Coronavirus pandemic.
Creator James Cameron remains hopeful that Avatar 2 will release on schedule despite Coronavirus lockdown measures halting film productions worldwide.
The much-awaited sequel is set to release on December 17 next year and Cameron remains confident that they will be able to make it to the schedule partly because the filming takes place in New Zealand where standards against the pandemic seem more effective.
Cameron spoke to Empire where he confirmed that the recent pandemic affects the production of Avatar 2.
"It's putting a major crimp in our stride here. I want to get back to work on Avatar, which right now we're not allowed to do under state emergency laws or rules. So it's all on hold right now."
He revealed that their team is about to shoot in New Zealand. However, that got pushed and they are trying to get back to filming as soon as they can.
Despite the current standstill in the production, Cameron continues to see the silver lining in the situation.
"On the bright side, New Zealand seems to have been very effective in controlling the virus and their goal is not mitigation, but eradication, which they believe that they can do with aggressive contact tracing and testing.
"So there's a very good chance that our shoot might be delayed a couple of months, but we can still do it. So that's good news," he added on the same interview.
It also helps that a huge part of the film is being done by visual effects artists remotely.
“We've got everybody – everybody at Weta Digital and Lightstorm – working from home to the extent that that is possible,”
“But my work is on the stage doing the virtual cameras and so on, so I can do a bit of editing, but it's not great for me,” Cameron said.
The first Avatar movie starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver released in December 2009. It went on to break several box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Titanic (which interestingly is also Cameron's creation) just 41 days after it's international release.
The record was broken by Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
Avatar was nominated in nine Academy Awards and won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.
It is also the first film to earn $2 billion in the foreign box office.
Cameron has indeed set the bars so high on the first Avatar film, but he is one of those rare gems that always manages to make great things even better.
We can't wait to see what type of magic Cameron would add on Avatar 2. Would it surpass the success of the first film? For now, only time could tell.
And speaking of time, we sure wish Cameron is right and that no further complications would come to halt Avatar 2 anymore. The world has already waited for more than a decade for this masterpiece.