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Avatar Sequel filming in New Zealand delayed due to Covid-19

Avatar Sequel filming in New Zealand delayed due to Covid-19

Jon Landau spoke to the New Zealand Herald about the live action filming delay,

“If I told you we are going to know something in two weeks I’d be lying. I might not be wrong – even a broken clock is right twice a day. But I would be lying because I don’t know.

“We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.

“We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve.”

Jon also went on to say that they would be reassessing the delay daily, and that they are trying to do whats in the best interest of the crew. He also said that even though there is a delay they will be working on getting as many minutes of film as possible to WETA who is working on all the digital effects.

You can read the full article here- NZ Herald

There is no official word yet if this will lead to another delay in the release of Avatar 2 which is currently slated for release on December 17th, 2021.

Live Action Filming on the sequels is about to begin in New Zealand

Live Action Filming on the sequels is about to begin in New Zealand

Hey guys! First of all let me say, this is a very exciting time for us Avatar fans, as motion capture has wrapped up we now are moving to the next phase, live action filming. As with the first Avatar the cast and crew is going to be doing live action filming at Stone Creek Studios. Jon Landau has been sharing some new and exciting photos of himself, James Cameron, and some of the cast and crew who are already in New Zealand preparing to shoot. Besides the first Avatar, Stone Creek Studios has also hosted production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy. Being in New Zealand helps James Cameron and crew be close to Weta Digital as well, who is currently working on the VFX for Avatar 2 and 3.