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‘Avatar 2’ release date less likely to change now that live-action filming is ‘100 percent complete,’ James Cameron confirms

From the official trailer of “Avatar” | Photo credit: 20th Century Studios / YouTube screenshot

The latest “Avatar 2” release date set is now less likely to change as director James Cameron confirmed they are done filming its live-action scenes. He also revealed more exciting updates about the movie franchise beyond its second movie.

‘Avatar 2’ release date

Anyone who has seen the first movie would understand that the franchise requires a massive production and one that takes plenty of time to be completed. The development of the sequel alone took several years and the making of the second film has also been devastated by the global pandemic that started earlier this year. As a result, Cameron and Disney had decided on changing the “Avatar 2” release date again.

Things are starting to turn for the better, though, as Cameron recently confirmed that they have wrapped up the live-action filming for “Avatar 2.” Cameron revealed the news in the virtual 2020 Austrian World Summit where he was interviewed with “Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger. “COVID hit us like it hit everybody… We lost about four and a half months of production,” Cameron said. On the bright side, the Oscar-winning director confirmed that filming of the second movie is now “100 percent complete.”

Before COVID-19 ravaged the world, “Avatar 2” was scheduled to premiere in December 2021. But that changed last August when Cameron released an open letter to fans announcing that the release date has been moved to December 2022. The pandemic forced them to halt filming scenes in New Zealand and other production work being done in Los Angeles.

‘Avatar 2’ plot spoilers

With this much time left before “Avatar 2” premieres, it not surprising that fans barely know anything about its plot. What has been previously discussed is that the sequel mainly features Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and Jake (Sam Worthington) and their new family.

ScreenRant reports that this builds up from a deleted scene from the first movie where it would have been hinted that Neytiri was pregnant with their first child after the chaos in Pandora. “Avatar 2” will reportedly pick up a few years from the first movie’s plot, which would explain why Neytiri and Jake already have three kids in the sequel.

Future ‘Avatar’ films

During the same interview with Schwarzenegger, Cameron also revealed that filming for “Avatar 3” is almost finished as well saying it is about “95 percent” complete. It should be noted, though, that the epic sci-fi will most likely require a huge amount of time in post-production. The third film is currently slated for release in 2024.

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