Mere hours after set photos were released by the franchise's producer Jon Landau (See them here), director James Cameron has confirmed, while speaking to his old collaborator Arnold Schwarzenegger to help promote the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference, that live-action shooting on the first of the four planned Avatar sequels has been completed. Currently titled Avatar 2 (Although it's expected to carry a different official title), here was Cameron's full statement on the matter:
“Well, COVID hit us like it hit everybody... We lost about four and a half months of production. 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. 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 ten percent left to go. We’re a hundred percent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of ninety five percent complete on Avatar 3. So we’re very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago.”
What this means is simple. After 12 years since the original 2009 film came out (And held the record for being the highest grossing movie of all time until last year's Avengers: Endgame), anyone curious to see where Cameron will take this story will finally get to when it, hopefully, is released next year on December 17, 2021.
Avatar 2 stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Brendan Cowell, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, CJ Jones, and Vin Diesel.