Great news coming out of New Zealand today as James Cameron, while talking to Arnold Schwarzenegger on a video call ahead of the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference, stated that filming on Avatar 2 was “100% complete”.
The 2009 blockbuster reigned as the box office champion until Avengers: Endgame took it down. We've been waiting for a sequel since then, and there have been many false starts. We know the story is about the oceans, but we really haven't known anything else.
Now, Cameron is shooting Avatar 3-5 back to back to back, and he said filming was nearly complete for Avatar 3.
There were real production problems, and then the pandemic struck. Cameron said, “COVID hit us like it hit everybody... We lost about four and a half months of production.”
He continued, “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,” Cameron explained. “Now that doesn't mean I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we'll just start working on finishing Avatar 3.”
It seems as if this is all really happening now.
To Schwarzenegger, Cameron said, “We’re able to operate. We’re able to shoot and have a more or less normal life here. We were very fortunate, so I don’t see any roadblocks to us getting the picture finished, getting both pictures finished.”
As far as the story details, all he gave away was, “I can’t tell you anything about the story,” he told Schwarzenegger. “I believe in the mystery and the great reveal.”
Avatar 2 is scheduled to come out in cinemas in December 2022. In July, Disney moved all the Avatar sequels, setting Avatar 2 on December 16, 2022 and Avatar 3 on December 20, 2024. The fourth and fifth pictures are due in 2026 and 2028.
Will it be a huge hit again and deliver after more than a decade away from the original?
Or could it flop, with five sequels set to follow?
Let us know what you think in the comments.