Producer Jon Landau has confirmed that production on Avatar 2 will resume in New Zealand next week after filming restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic were recently lifted in the country.
The sequel was well into production when the pandemic hit, and had to pause filming as New Zealand went into an unprecedented lockdown. However, two weeks ago, the country’s Film Commission announced that productions would be able to start shooting again.
The film is one of four sequels to director James Cameron’s 2009 hit, Avatar, which smashed all box office records at the time, taking in a total of $2.79 billion, a record that was only recently overhauled by Avengers: Endgame. Cameron has since spent the better part of the past decade working on the technology required to bring his vision for the four sequels to life, as he has said a majority of the second film will focus on Pandora’s oceans.
Now, Landau, who has been a producer on Cameron’s films since 1997’s Titanic, has taken to Instagram to confirm that production on the film will resume in New Zealand next week. Landau posted a photo of two boats that will be used in the production, saying that “Our Avatar sets are ready”. You can see that post embedded below: