‘Avatar’ Sequels To Resume Production In New Zealand
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Pandora is reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reports revealed that the sequels to “Avatar,” which had to shut down production in March because of the coronavirus health scare, is set to resume in New Zealand by the end of May.
Producer Jon Landau announced on Instagram that they will be heading back to production in a post on Instagram.
“Our ‘Avatar’ sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” Landua said. “Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) — can’t wait to share more.”
New Zealand has eased its lockdown measures in the middle of May after a strict restriction for seven weeks. The country has been very successful in implementing and following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decisive actions of “going hard and going early” in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Thus, as most productions in Hollywood will continue to be shut, “Avatar” will be the first major movie to restart. The James Cameron film is set in the studios located at Kumeu and the capital of Wellington.
According to Variety, more sets are going to be built once the crew is back together. However, the post-production staff might follow alternating schedules at work to ensure social distancing and limit the congregation of crowds in indoor spaces.
The sequels to “Avatar” have been highly anticipated by fans, as it has been a long time coming. The second movie is expected to be in theaters by December 2021. The third, fourth and fifth films are slated to be released every two years during the Christmas season.