- Filming officially started the end of September 2017
- Filming is currently being done at Lightstorm Entertainment in Manhattan Beach
- Filming will move to New Zealand for live action shots (rumored to be in early 2018)
- Four sequels are planned, however the last two depend on how sequels 2 and 3 do at the box office
- James Cameron likened the sequels to a family drama, similar to the Godfather.
So to dive into a few key things we know so far, filming began last year at Lightstorm and is currently ongoing. That is important, there has been a lot of frustrated people because they’ve heard so many different dates over the years of when Avatar 2 will officially arrive. It’s important to keep in mind that the current date of December 18th, 2020 hasn’t change since filming started. All the other dates that have been throw out were seemed to be best guesses at the time, this is much more solid.
It’s also interesting that Zoe Saldana already finished her role in Avatar 2 and 3 a month ago. I have a few ideas on this, one her character may not show up as much in the sequels, or she could even possibly die, both I think are doubtful. What I feel like is far more likely is she has other roles coming up and her availability was limited. While she was there they knocked out her performance and finished with her before the rest of the cast. Also since it is mocap they could be using other people to do Neytiri’s scenes where she isn’t speaking.
Just as Avatar went to New Zealand for the live action portion of filming, also production heads there for Avatar 2 and 3. I think this is a great thing, with WETA being heavily involved with Avatar its great they can be close in case any issues come up with their collaboration. While it’s not necessary for them to be close to the production sometimes face to face interactions and meetings can really take things to the next level.
I’m really excited we are getting Avatar 2 and 3 for sure. I am not worried about the box office, Avatar resonated with people and James Cameron has taken his time to get exactly what he wants out of the sequels. To me that is the ultimate recipe for success. I believe we will see Avatar 4 and 5 in the future, but only time will tell for sure. Cameron has stated the sequels will be more of a family drama, with each film being able to stand alone yet having tying in to one larger story arch. I am very interested to see what Cameron does with this family drama, and the younger cast that comes along with it. That reminds me of the deleted scene (see below) that can be seen of Neytiri that insinuated she was pregnant at the end of the first movie. Soon we will get to explore that story line.