Production for film and television have resumed in New Zealand, meaning that any shooting that needs to be finished for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels can start up again, as reports are saying that the total price of production for all four sequels is totaling around a billion dollars, approximately $250 million per movie.
The production for the movies is set to resume in a few months’ time, along with Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series.
New Zealand’s health and safety production protocols have been approved by the government, meaning cameras can start rolling once again on the massive blockbusters, which are all being filmed at once.
The Avatar Twitter page posted a picture of the set, though the production team is not back in New Zealand yet.
From the set of the sequels: @JimCameron directing the actors before they dive underwater for performance capture.
Fun fact: That layer of white on the water's surface is comprised of floating balls that prevent lights from interfering with filming underwater. pic.twitter.com/dOBwS6qOXF
— Avatar (@officialavatar) May 6, 2020
The first sequel is still set for release on December 17th, 2021, with the other three set for December 22nd, 2023, December 19th, 2025, and December 17th, 2027.
The original Avatar was released in 2009, and was the highest-grossing film of all-time before Avengers: Endgame took the throne last year. However, the margin between the two is so small that Cameron believes that once the original Avatar is inevitably re-released ahead of the sequel, that it will take back the spot.
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