LOS ANGELES — A sequel to James Cameron’s sci-fi film blockbuster Avatar will return into production subsequent week for the primary time because it was shuttered by worldwide efforts to include the coronavirus, producer Jon Landau mentioned on Friday.
Film and TV production got here to halt across the globe in mid-March however is slowly returning in some international locations together with New Zealand, the place the Avatar sequel is being filmed.
“Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” Landau wrote on Instagram beneath a photograph of two boats on the set. Landau recognized them because the Matador, a high-speed ahead command vessel, and the Picador, a jetboat.
Authorities in New Zealand, the place coronavirus slowed dramatically after the federal government enforced a strict lockdown, have accredited movie business safeguards for resuming productions. Each set wants a allow to convey individuals again to work.
Released in 2009, Avatar had been the highest-grossing film of all time till July 2019 when it was overtaken by superhero flick Avengers: Endgame.
Cameron has been engaged on Avatar sequels for years and their release has been delayed a number of instances. The second instalment is scheduled to debut in December 2021, adopted by three others in December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027.
The Avatar sequels will likely be distributed by Walt Disney Co., which took over the franchise when it purchased movie and TV companies from 21st Century Fox in 2019.