Date: 12th May 2020
Oscar-winning filmmaker has expressed his frustration at not being able to continue production as planned, revealing that they are trying their best to get back on schedule especially with New Zealand recently releasing a new health and safety protocols that will now allow film and TV productions to resume.
"It's putting a major crimp in our stride here. I wanna get back to work on Avatar, which right now we’re not allowed to do under state emergency laws or rules. So it’s all on hold right now." Cameron said. "We were about to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed. We’re trying to get back to it as quick as we can."
However, despite the delay, Cameron is still very optimistic and confident that this setback won’t affect Avatar 2's December 2021 release date and that Weta's digital work on the film is still moving forward while production is on hold.
"On the bright side, New Zealand seems to have been very effective in controlling the virus and their goal is not mitigation, but eradication, which they believe that they can do with aggressive contact tracing and testing. So there's a very good chance that our shoot might be delayed a couple of months, but we can still do it. So that's good news."
The cast of the Avatar franchise includes Kate Winslet, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Vin Diesel, Jemaine Clement, and Oona Chaplin alongside a slate of young actors. Returning cast members include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald, and Sigourney Weaver.
Source: Press Release