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James Cameron ‘lucky’ to have finished Avatar 2 despite global pandemic

James Cameron is glad he chose to film his Avatar sequels in New Zealand because he was able to complete the films amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The Titanic filmmaker revealed during the 2020 Austrian World Summit on Sunday (September 27, 2020) that Avatar 2 is complete, while the third installment is nearly finished, despite having to shut down production due to the global health crisis in March (2020) and only starting up again in June (2020).

“We’re 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3,” Cameron said during the virtual event.

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“We’re very lucky in that we chose this (New Zealand) 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.”

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He added, “We’re able to operate. We’re able to shoot and have a more or less normal life here. We were very fortunate, so I don’t see any roadblocks to us getting the picture finished, getting both pictures finished.”

Avatar 2 is now slated to be released in December of 2022. while the third film in the series will arrive in December of 2024.

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