James Cameron’s Avatar sequels had been looking to resume live-action production at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, New Zealand next month, but have now postponed those plans according to producer Jon Landau while speaking with local outlet TheNewZealandHerald.
However, Landau isn’t making any promises about how long their delay will be and they’ll instead prioritize their focus on the extensive post-production process allowing Weta Digital to complete as much of the VFX shots as possible.
LANDAU: “We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.”
“We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve.”
Landau said in light of the delay, the priority was to get as many “more minutes” to Weta as possible to continue working on the digital effects for the film.
Filming on the Avatar films (HN confirmed the working title was Coral last year) had moved from motion-capture in California to the live-action portions in Wellington with actors in costume and giant sets last year with an expectation that they would be able to resume in April.
Avatar 2 had a release date set for December 17th, 2021 and without an idea of when they’ll resume production that date could be bumped to 2022.
We’ll have to wait for an update from 20th Century Studios, Landau, and James Cameron.
SOURCE: THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD