James Cameron confirms ‘Avatar’ sequel delayed ‘due to impact of the pandemic’ | English Movie News
Cameron reached out fans with a statement, detailing the move amid the changing COVID-19 situation across the world.
“There is no one more disappointed about this delay than me,” Cameron said in his note.
“What most of you likely don’t know is that the pandemic is still preventing us from being allowed to recommence most of our virtual production work on stage in Los Angeles. That work is just as critical to the films as the live-action work,” he added.
‘Avatar 2’ has been moved from December 17, 2021, to December 16, 2022; ‘Avatar 3’ from December 22, 2023, to December 20, 2024; ‘Avatar 4’ from December 19, 2025, to December 18, 2026; and ‘Avatar 5’ from December 17, 2027, to December 22, 2028, stated a report on Hollywood Reporter.
“Due to Covid-19, we were forced into an unexpected lengthy delay in starting the live-action filming we are currently doing in New Zealand. What most of you likely do not know is that the pandemic is still preventing us from being allowed to recommence most of our virtual production work on stages in Los Angeles. That work is just as critical to the films as the live-action work. Prior to Covid-19, everything was on track to bring you the first sequel in December of 2021. Unfortunately, due to the impact that the pandemic has had on our schedule, it is no longer possible for us to make that date,” read the note on the team’s official social media handles.
According to the latest reports, it isn’t just ‘Avatar’, but also ‘Mulan’, Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Tenet’, the next untitled ‘Star Wars’ film, Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun’ John Krasinski-directed ‘A Quiet Place Two’, Ali Fazal’s ‘Death on the Nile’ are among the other films that have also been delayed.