Release of Avatar 2 to be unaffected by the COVID-19 crisis
James Cameron's sequel is currently slated for a release on December 17, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive reshuffle in Hollywood movie release dates, but filmmaker James Cameron is still confident that his much-awaited Avatar 2 will be released as planned. Avatar 2 is currently slated for release on December 17, 2021.
"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," Cameron said, speaking to a popular magazine.
The filmmaker shared that he was scheduled to take the filming to New Zealand before the lockdown. "We were about to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed. We're trying to get back to it as quick as we can," he said.
However, Cameron hopes to keep up with the pace of shooting and finish the movie as planned. "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," he said, adding, "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."
During the lockdown as well, the work on the film is on - thanks to advanced technology. "We've got everybody - everybody at Weta Digital and Lightstorm - working from home to the extent 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," he said.
It is believed that Avatar 2 takes place 12 years after the events of the first film. It follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he roams the planet of Pandora with the new family he has with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
The first part was a huge success, becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time when it was released in 2009. Its worldwide record was broken last year by Avengers: Endgame.