"Avatar" - 20th Century Fox

James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels have been in the works for quite some time, with the wait for their release a long one. Now due to the growing global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, the sequels have taken another hit with production in New Zealand now delayed. Deadline reports that while no filming will take place, “Weta will continue to work on the visual effects.”

Deadline included the following quote from producer Jon Landau to the New Zealand Herald:

“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. If I told you we are going to know something in two weeks I’d be lying. I might not be wrong – even a broken clock is right twice a day. But I would be lying because I don’t know…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.”

There is set to be a further four films in the “Avatar” franchise, releasing every two years beginning from 2021. The suspension of production at this time – which has been going since 2017 – could jeopardize this release schedule; however, there are no updates on this front. It marks the latest in a long line of suspended film and television productions across the globe amid significant health concerns.

The first of the “Avatar” sequels is expected to land Dec. 2021, with 20th Century Studios distributing.

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