It is being reported that the cast and crew for the Avatar sequels will be heading back to New Zealand to resume production.
Producer Jon Landau shared an image on his Instagram Thursday night saying that cast and crew will be heading to New Zealand next week. The Avatar sequels, like every film/tv production was affected by the coronavirus.
Here is an excerpt from Landau’s post:
“Our ‘Avatar’ sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” Landau wrote, also sharing a photo of two water vessels used in the films. “Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) — can’t wait to share more.”
With most Hollywood productions still shut down, the Avatar sequels would be the first major films to resume production after the industry-wide pause. Disney also hopes to kick off production on The Little Mermaid in London here in the next few weeks, as well as multiple Marvel Studios projects.
Work on the first sequel was expected to be completed by the end of 2020 for a release date of December 17, 2021. A total of four films are being worked on back-to-back and the other time frames given included Avatar 3 in December 2023, Avatar 4 in December 2025, and Avatar 5 in December 2027. The Avatar films are produced by James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 21st Century Studios.
Avatar 2 is set to star Kate Winslet (Titanic), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Michelle Yeoh (Last Christmas), Vin Diesel (Fast and the Furious), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans), Zoe Saldana (Avengers: Endgame), Joel David Moore (Dodgeball), Dileep Rao (Inception), Stephen Lang (Don’t Breathe), Matt Gerald (Rampage), Jemaine Clement (Moana), and Sigourney Weaver (Alien).
You can stream the first Avatar film on Disney+ today.
Source: Jon Landau