'Avatar' movie sequel to resume production in New Zealand

‘Avatar’ Sequels Set to Resume Production in New Zealand

One such production that was forced to shut down mid-March were James Cameron's four "Avatar" sequels, which were filming on location in New Zealand.

In a post shared on Friday, Landau noted that the sets are "ready" and the crew should be returning to New Zealand sometime "next week", presumably after Memorial Day. It had previously been reported that Cameron planned to complete the "Avatar' sequel by the end of 2020 while charting out the release dates of follow-ups set to release every two years".

The first Avatar film released in 2009 and was the highest-grossing film ever until the release of Avengers Endgame.

Authorities in New Zealand, where coronavirus slowed dramatically after the government enforced a strict lockdown, have approved film industry safeguards for resuming productions.

Now however, according to producer Jon Landau, the franchise will be restarting production as early as next week.

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"Our #Avatar sets are ready - and we couldn't be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week", Landau wrote on Instagram beneath a photo of two boats on the set.

Touted as one of the most groundbreaking science-fiction movies ever, Avatar is based in the fictional universe of Pandora, which humans are trying to colonize, in the mid-22nd century.

It held the record of being the highest-grossing film ever until Marvel's superhero movie Avengers: Endgame overtook that position previous year.

The Avatar sequels are bringing back the original movie's cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, and Matt Gerald.

Avatar 2 is aiming for a December 27, 2021 release, and three more sequels are set to quickly follow in December 2023, December 2025, and December 2027.

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