Avatar 3 Has Almost Finished Shooting

Meanwhile, Avatar 2 isn't due out until the end of 2022.

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The production of two sequels to 2009's Avatar has turned into a far longer saga than originally anticipated, but some progress is now being made, according to James Cameron's latest update. The director has said that live-action filming is now complete on Avatar 2, and about "95% complete on Avatar 3."

The Oscar-winning filmmaker gave the update in a conversation with Arnold Schwarzenegger for the latter's Austrian World Summit environmental conference, as picked up by CinemaBlend. James Cameron has directed Schwarzenegger three times before, in Terminator 1, 2, and True Lies.

"We're down in New Zealand shooting," Cameron told Arnie in his update on the films' progress. "We're shooting the remainder of the live action. We've got about 10% left to go--we're 100% complete on Avatar 2 and we're sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3." He goes on to mention how lucky the Avatar team was that they had already chosen to shoot in New Zealand, one of the first countries in the world to mostly clear itself of COVID-19 cases.

While performance capture filming was already complete as of 2018, and the live-action filming is set to wrap up soon, it's likely a large part of the workload on Avatar 2 and 3 will be in digital post-production work.

Cameron has delayed Avatar 2 another full year, pushing its release date back from December 2021 to December 16, 2022. "That doesn't mean that I have an extra year to finish the film," Cameron explained in the interview. "Because the day we deliver Avatar 2, we'll just start working on finishing Avatar 3."

While we don't have too many details on the plot of Avatar 2 yet, we know it will continue to follow Jake Sully, Neytiri, and their children as they explore new parts of Pandora.

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Are the actors and crew of these movies just salaried employees of Cameron now? They've been working on this for over a decade now, yes?

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You know...all these years he’s spent working on these movies, we could’ve gotten an actual GOOD terminator sequel, maybe a sequel to True Lies, and probably some other memorable blockbusters from James Cameron. Instead it’s been over 10 years since the first Avatar, and the sequels have been delayed so many times since they were announced...I really just don’t care anymore.

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Cool. I'll look forward to that in 2030. For now I'm still waiting to see Avatar 2

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In case you didn’t know, there are actually 4 movies in the work. I don’t know how, or who, or why... but there are going to be five of these movies when they should have left it at one. The movie was a one time visual extravaganza, at the time! Just about the entire concept of the film was taken from FernGully. There literally is no reason to revisit this world, let alone 4 more times.

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Wait, what...there is a 2 & 3 now. There better not be any virtue signaling in this film & them needing to put in an eskimo & pygmies tribe member and a bisexual trans that only dates animal to represent each faction. Use characters where it makes sense, not where it feels unnatural & forced down our throats.

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@just1mohr: You sound extremely sensitive.

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I don't get this lousy delays, if part 2 is done then release the god damn movie already. Why delay the movie from December 2021 to December 2022? I don't think Corona virus is the reason for this latest delay. By the time they do and film the last damn movie in the series, James Cameron might be 300 years old and all of us will be all dead by then.

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@angrycreep: 300 years old lol

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@angrycreep: Covid is the reason for this delay because they want to make money, they want everybody to go theaters and it's not possible right now.

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@HesamB: Movie is not coming out right now, they had December 2021 so that's more than a year away. They had plenty of time to observe how things were going from now until October or November of next year and if things had not improve then they could have delay it and made the decision then.

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