Avatar 2 Finally Starts Filming Next Week

Posted 2017/09/21 2161 0

Finally the follow-up of Avatar is about to begin its shoot marathon.


In 2009, James Cameron set the standard for the future of cinema with Avatar, a film Cameron wanted to make for years. Due to technological limitations, he wanted to make sure the time was right to deliver the movie he envisioned. The original Avatar was going on to gross $2.79 billion worldwide in theaters, net three Academy Awards, and usher in a wave of tentpoles that were either filmed natively in 3D or converted to the format in post-production. It has been eight years since its long reign, but it’s time to start preparing for the sequels.

The announcement was made at the special Terminator 2: Judgement Day screening last night by Cameron. The Hollywood Reporter was on hand and Borys Kit's Twitter account shared the news of Cameron's big reveal that Avatar 2 would begin shooting next week. The director previously announced that Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5 were going to be shot at the same time, which will be a massive undertaking if Cameron can pull it off.

Cameron and his Avatar sequels cast – which includes returning players Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine) and Stephen Lang (Miles Quaritch) along with franchise newcomers like Oona Chaplin (Taboo) and Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) – have already begun running through the motions on the films’ “virtual” sets, ahead of the start of filming. Since virtually all of the Pandora scenery in these sequels will be brought to life through digital imagery crafted by WETA Digital, Cameron has been taking extra time to get a feel for how to light and position his cast on-set, before rolling camera.

Avatar 2 is currently slated to hit theaters on December 18, 2020, with the additional three follow-ups releasing on December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024, and December 19, 2025.