As a swallow does spring, the next resumption of the shooting of Avatar 2, whose release is still scheduled for December 2021, announces the careful and measured restart of the Hollywood film industry. Proof of this is the hidden - but noticed - arrival of James Cameron at Wellington Airport, in New Zealand this Sunday, May 31.
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In the company of his friend and accomplice producer Jon Landau, the 65-year-old director resumes service on the set of the long-awaited sequel to the adventures Jack Sully on the planet Pandora. But before being able to take head-to-head the realization of the sequences in real shots, the director will have to comply with a compulsory sanitary quarantine of fifteen days, imposed by the New Zealand government.
His producer friend Jon Landau announced on Instagram their arrival in New Zealand. Landau also gave news about the shooting to the New Zealand press.
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"We feel very reassured not only by the measures taken by the government here, but also by the responsible way in which the inhabitants reacted to fight effectively against the virus ," he told RNZ . We have the feeling that we are returning to the safest place possible, thanks to a team of people with whom we are confident, and with whom we are used to working. We believe that our security plan is very thoughtful, detailed and careful. We will strive to keep everyone safe during these special times. ”
If Jon Landau specifies that with Cameron, they return to turn the continuation of Avatar "in reduced team" , it reveals all the same some additional keys of understanding concerning the intrigue of this second film. "This is the story of the family founded by Jack Sully and Neytiri ... And what a couple is ready to do to keep their family together," he says. In the sequel to Avatar , Jake and Neytiri and their children are forced to leave their home. They step out of their comfort zone and explore the different regions of Pandora, including spending a fair amount of time on water, around water, and under water. "
Avatar 2 will largely take place underwater
It's no secret that for ten years, James Cameron, who has always been attracted to the aquatic environment. He has proven it several times in these previous films, from Titanic to Abyss through his experience aboard the mini submarine Deepsea Challenger in 2012, where he explored for several hours solo, the deepest known site of the earth's crust, in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
As usual, Cameron promises images never seen in the cinema. Over the past decade, he has developed new cameras capable of filming underwater. KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP
Anyway, the release of Avatar 2 is still scheduled for December 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
As usual, Cameron promises images never seen in the cinema. Over the past decade, he has developed new cameras capable of filming underwater. As for producer Jon Landau, he concludes, still in the interview given to the New Zealand press: "I think that with the Avatar saga , we have the opportunity to allow people to escape to the heart of a incredible world, with unusual characters that they will follow, in the same way that Peter Jackson was able to do with The Lord of the Rings, so this is what we are looking forward to doing again. "