At a time when the film industry needs some positive news, James Cameron has finally provided an update on those much-debated Avatar sequels: “100% complete on Avatar 2, and we’re sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3,” the director said.
Cameron, who was in discussion with his close friend Arnold Schwarzenegger, was discussing climate change as part of the Austrian World Summit for the Environment. Schwarzenegger hosted the event which was being described as “the biggest environmental conference in the world.”
While the 12-minute discussion provided an insight into many different aspects of Cameron’s vision, it was near the end of the talk when Schwarzenegger brought up the talk of the new take on Avatar, a follow-up to the 2010 blockbuster which has been rumoured for years. “COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” Cameron said. “We lost about four and a half months of production,” he said. “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.”
He continued: “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. So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting. We’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10% left to go. We’re [100%] complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3.
“We made the first film here in New Zealand, and it’s ranked either first or second-best country in the world for its COVID response – sometimes Germany’s in the number one spot, sometimes New Zealand’s in the number one spot,” he added.
“But we’re actually able to operate. We’re at level two here right now, but we’re able to operate, we’re able to shoot, and we’re able to have a more or less normal life here. ‘We’re very fortunate, so I don’t see any roadblocks to us getting the picture finished.”
See the discussion, below.