There are lots of films that have had to delay production due to the repercussions of coronavirus, but James Cameron's "Avatar" sequels have managed to only lose a mere 4 1/2 months of production.
In an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger during the 2020 Austrian World Summit, Cameron explains how lucky it is that their production for the first film took place in New Zealand as it's one of the ideal places where filming is safe enough to take place.
Cameron applauded New Zealand’s quick response to the pandemic saying, “We’re very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago. We made the first film here in New Zealand and it turns out to be ranking first or second best country in the world for its COVID response.”
He goes on to say, "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."
Since the main focus of their interview was related to their passion for conserving the environment, there were no other details that surfaced from the discussion.
We know from the last scene of the first film that Jake Sully has been converted into one of the Na'vi, with Neytiri close by his side, so we're guessing they'll have the largest impact in this next film as well, but we can't assume much more than that.
James Cameron loves to keep the mystery when it comes to his films, so he doesn't tell Schwarzenegger too much (but he does offer him a set visit if he's so inclined, so there's that).
To see the full interview between the two, watch it below.
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