Avatar 2 will resume filming next week in New Zealand, confirms producer

Sam Warner
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

From Digital Spy

Avatar 2 looks set to resume production as soon as next week after previously being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Like most of the entertainment industry, work on the long-awaited James Cameron sequel was halted back in March.

However, producer Jon Landau has revealed that the team will be heading back to New Zealand to continue filming from next week.

Photo credit: @jonplandau - Instagram

Posting a picture of the set with two boats on his Instagram, the producer wrote: "Our #Avatar sets are ready – and we couldn't be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week.

"Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) – can't wait to share more," he said of the vessels.

It was revealed earlier this month that work on New Zealand-based productions such as Avatar 2 and Amazon's Lord of the Rings series could resume soon.

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

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It came after New Zealand Film Commission's health and safety production protocols were recently endorsed by the government.

However, work has not completely stopped on Avatar 2 in the intervening time, Landau previously confirming that virtual production in California with Weta Digital on the visual effects has still been going ahead.

"We will continue to work on virtual production in Manhattan Beach and collaborating with Weta Digital on the visual effects; both activities are much more conducive to social distancing than live-action photography," he said.

"We're doing our part to flatten the curve and encourage you to try to do the same. We will continue to share production updates with you. Stay safe and well."

Avatar 2 will be released on December 17, 2021.

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