Avatar was a groundbreaking movie upon its release and ushered in the modern age of 3D cinema. It also held the title of the highest-grossing movie for a decade (until Avengers: Endgame came along). Director James Cameron is now filming the next four sequels in New Zealand.
Like any other movie, production was delayed due to COVID-19 but now Cameron gives us an update about the film’s status. Speaking with Arnold Schwarzenegger ahead of the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference, Cameron said that filming of Avatar 2 is finished and Avatar 3 is 95% done.
“So, where we are right now [is] I’m down in New Zealand shooting. We’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10 percent left to go. We’re 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3,” Cameron said. “COVID hit us like it hit everybody… We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already. Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3.”
Avatar 2 is now set for a December 2022 release, Avatar 3, 4, and 5 are set accordingly for a December 2024, 2026, and 2028 releases.