James Cameron has arrived in New Zealand to resume production on the long-awaited Avatar sequels.
Avatar producer Jon Landau took to Instagram over the weekend to reveal both he and Cameron had arrived in New Zealand as the country was recently declared safe by the national government. The two will now begin a mandatory two-week self-isolation which will be supervised by the government.
The four sequels to Avatar have been in development for nearly a decade. Principal photography for Avatar 2 and 3 wrapped in 2019 but production on the remaining two projects was shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite the global health crisis, Cameron is confident the first sequel will not be delayed and will indeed maintain its scheduled release date of December 17, 2021.
Plot details remain under wraps, however, the sequels will continue to bring the world of Pandora to life and expand Cameron’s vision as they explore new locations on the planet not seen in the first film. The sequels are said to be four standalone experiences that will form together as one epic saga. A recent report revealed a massive budget of around $250 million per sequel. The first Avatar which cost $237 million to produce managed to gross $2.79 billion at the worldwide box office and remains the second-highest-grossing film of all time behind Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.
Here is the official synopsis for the first Avatar film:
AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.
Directed by James Cameron, Avatar 2 stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, CCH Pounder, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Kate Winslet, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, David Thewlis. The first sequel is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
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