- James Cameron spoke to Arnold Schwarzenegger about the filming of the second and third films in his Avatar franchise
- Cameron said live-action filming on Avatar 2 was complete with around 95% of Avatar 3 finished too
- The epic sci-fi sequel has had multiple pushbacks but is now set to hit cinemas in 2022
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Director and creator of the Avatar franchise, James Cameron, has reportedly confirmed that the live-action filming for the second instalment of the franchise has been completed.
The production is based in New Zealand and filming had previously been shut down due to Covid-19 regulations.
Cameron announced the news during a conversation he had with Arnold Schwarzenegger prior to the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference. Schwarzenegger himself first worked with Cameron on The Terminator in 1984.
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James Cameron spoke to his colleague about the difficulties that he and his crew had experienced due to the pandemic as well as acknowledged how fortunate they were that, back in 2009 for the first movie, they had chosen New Zealand as their primary location.
New Zealand's response to the coronavirus has been widely praised as one of the best in the world. Despite the Avatar 2 release date being pushed back eight times already, Cameron seemed in high spirits as he spoke to Schwarzenegger:
"We are able to operate. We're able to shoot, and we're able to more or less have a normal life here right now."
The writer-director also mentioned that live-action filming was "95% complete on Avatar 3". The third film's live-action portions were filmed simultaneously with those of the second. According to IMDB.com, the entire Avatar franchise will consist of five movies with the final one set to be released in 2028.
Cameron had previously posted the announcement of filming suspension to his Instagram, describing how the original release date of December 2021 for Avatar 2 would be unreachable. The film is currently set to be released in December of 2022.
In other movie news, Legit.ng previously reported that filmmaker Kunle Afolayan who has spent the past months sharing sneak peeks of his latest movie project, Citation, revealed a secret cast member that joined the set of the movie.
According to him, top business executive, Ibukun Awosika, played the role of a university faculty dean in the film.
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