It’s been eight years since the first Avatar broke box office records, but it looks like James Cameron’s epic franchise might finally be coming back soon. Zoe Saldana confirmed to ScreenRant that she will start shooting her scenes for the Avatar sequels this summer.
“We haven’t shot it yet. Anything I can tell you about Avatar 2,3,4,5? We’re going to start this summer. Late summer, and it’s probably going to go all the way until early next year shooting, and I’m really excited about it.”
A huge reason why it has taken so long for Avatar 2 to start production is that James Cameron is attempting to take on all 4 sequels as one huge project rather than individual films. Because of this, Avatar 2 has slipped from a 2016 release, to December 2018, and now it has been pushed even further back. Thankfully it looks like the films are now really getting started since filming dates are already set for Saldana.
We know that the original Avatar began filming in April of 2007, and the film wasn’t released until December 2009. While a late 2019 date is possible for Avatar 2, it could be even further back than that since the other sequels will still be in the process of shooting while Avatar 2 is in post-production. It’s impossible to know how something this ambitious will work, but James Cameron has earned our trust at this point.