“Avatar” director James Cameron gave an exciting update about the second and third film’s progress.
“Avatar 2” is slated to be released Dec. 16, 2022, and “Avatar 3” on Dec. 20, 2024, Disney announced in July. Two more sequels are expected in 2026 and 2028.
Cameron, 66, sat down with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2020 Austrian World Summit where they discussed “Avatar.”
“We’re 100% complete on Avatar 2 and sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3,” the director announced.
“Avatar 2” was initially supposed to come out next year, but Cameron said they lost “about four and a half months” of filming, which he said, “hit us like it hit everybody, it hit us hard.”
Cameron, however, wouldn’t give any hints as to what viewers should expect for the follow-up to the 2009 film.
“I can’t tell you anything about the story,” he told Schwarzenegger, 73. “I believe in the mystery and the great reveal.”
The director then took a moment to praise New Zealand for its coronavirus response. As of Sept. 28, the country reported no new cases and only 55 active cases.
“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,” Cameron said.