Avatar 2 Production Continues Despite Coronavirus Delays
Avatar 2 producer Jon Landau has confirmed that all virtual production on the sequel will continue throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Many projects across the entertainment industry have temporarily shut down over the last several weeks, including Mission: Impossible 7 and the sixth season of Peaky Blinders, but none of them are being made with the same technology as Avatar 2.
In virtual production, there’s no risk of actors coming into close contact with each other, as it’s essentially a group of technicians working their magic on computers.
Landau confirmed in a statement that while live-action production has been suspended, it’s business as usual for the visual effects side of things.
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By now you may have heard the news that we delayed the next phase of live action production in New Zealand,” he said. “The health & safety of our #AvatarFamily and keeping them near their own families during this time is of paramount importance to us.
“We will continue to work on virtual production in Manhattan Beach and collaborating with Weta Digital on the visual effects; both activities are much more conducive to social distancing than live-action photography.
“We’re doing our part to flatten the curve and encourage you to try to do the same. We will continue to share production updates with you. Stay safe and well.”
Avatar 2 will be released on December 17, 2021. Avatar 3 is then due on December 22, 2023, with Avatar 4 arriving on December 19, 2025, and Avatar 5 on December 17, 2027.