So recently James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger were discussing Avatar over a YouTube live stream for the 2020 Austrian World Summit (try saying all that really fast three times. No really, do it, I’ll wait) and during their conversation, Cameron revealed he and his true blue Avatar crew are “100% complete on Avatar 2 and sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3.”
That’s right, everyone’s second favourite Avatar franchise is back baby! And while The Last Airbender may reign now and forever as the supreme Avatar – that really goes without saying – our blue mates aren’t too shabby themselves. Some people knock it, but they’re just joyless losers. Avatar is good. Don’t let anyone sway you otherwise.
Director Cameron went on to explain that “about four and a half months” of production was lost due to COVID-19 and the pandemic lockdowns. He then revealed that despite the speed bump, dates had been set for Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, set to release on December 16, 2022 and December 20, 2024 respectively. Apparently we can expect to see the fourth and fifth instalment of the Avatar saga in 2026 and 2028.
2028. Ick, it just sounds so weird and futuristic and for some reason so dystopian. I mean, it’s just a number, but picture 2028 in your head for a second. What do you see? Can you imagine how fucked everything will be by then? But hey, don’t get yourself too down, because no matter how bad things get, at least we’ll have a few new Avatars by then. Hell, by then you could probably stream Avatar 5 directly into your brain via your second-gen Bill Gates Microsoft Mind-Control Chip™ – fun and convenient!
The man with the plan, big director dog Cam also took the opportunity to praise New Zealand’s coronavirus response. “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 said.
Our cousins across the ditch announced they were virus-free back in June, before experiencing a minor scare in August with a small outbreak which has since been contained. Cameron travelled to New Zealand in June on a privately chartered plane along with producer Jon Landau and a crew of 55 – all given special permission to enter the country.
“We’re able to operate. We’re able to shoot and have a more or less normal life here,” said Cameron on the topic of filming in New Zealand. “We were very fortunate, so I don’t see any roadblocks to us getting the picture finished, getting both pictures finished.”
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