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James Cameron Shares A Big Update About 'Avatar 2'

James Cameron shared a brand new update about the status of the upcoming Avatar sequel.

The 66-year-old director spoke with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a video call ahead of the 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference and revealed that the sequel is complete.

James also opened up about how the pandemic affected filming on the movie.

“COVID hit us like it hit everybody. It hit us hard. We lost about four-and-a-half months of production,” he said. “As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already.”

James continued, “Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3.”

“So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting — we’re shooting the remainder of the live action, we’ve got about 10 per cent left to go. We’re 100 per cent complete on Avatar 2, and we’re sort of 95 per cent complete on Avatar 3.”

Avatar 2: The Way of Water is expected to hit theaters in December 2022.

Earlier in the summer, James shared a pic of the set from New Zealand. You can see it here…

James Cameron Returns to Film 'Avatar' Sequels Amid Quarantine

Avatar is back in action.

The sequels to the blockbuster film are now in production again in New Zealand with director James Cameron, three months after shutting down amid the pandemic.

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Producer Jon Landau posted a photo from the set showing the very first shot since they resumed production. The crew was able to return to set following a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.

“Used my iPhone to snap a picture of our first shot back in production on the Avatar sequels,” producer Jon Landau wrote in a post that featured the director behind a long camera crane. Everyone in the shot is seen wearing face masks and shields.

The crew returned to the set following a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period.

The first Avatar sequel is still set for a December 2021 release. Three more sequels are then expected to follow in 2023, 2025 and 2027.

Find out more about how they prepared to film safely amid the pandemic…

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James Cameron to Quarantine for Two Weeks Before Resuming 'Avatar' Production

James Cameron is back in New Zealand, but he won’t be back on set of the Avatar sequel just yet.

Producer Jon Landau revealed on Tuesday (June 2) that he and the 65-year-old director will be going under quarantine for the next 14 days after arriving in New Zealand after a 13-hour direct flight.

“Our 14-day government supervised self-isolation now begins,” Jon wrote along with a photo of him and James wearing face shields and masks.

It was announced late last month that production for the new Avatar movie would resume in early June since New Zealand had approved new health and safety production protocols.

New Zealand has been praised for its handling of the pandemic, with only 1,504 reported cases and 22 deaths. The country has a population of around 4.8 million.

The next Avatar installment is scheduled for a December 2021 release. Three more sequels are expected to follow in 2023, 2025 and 2027.

James Cameron Thinks It's a 'Certainty' That 'Avatar' Will Beat 'Avengers' Box Office Record

James Cameron has faith in the Avatar franchise.

The 65-year-old filmmaker reflected on the film’s success a decade later, as well as Marvel‘s Avengers: Endgame just beating its box office record at $2.79 billion in 2019.

He believes that the film will restore its place at the top as part of a re-release, as well as the movie’s sequel, planned for December 17, 2021.

“I think it’s a certainty. But let’s give Endgame their moment and let’s celebrate that people are going to the movie theater,” he said to USA Today.

“I don’t want to sound snarky after I took the high road (by offering congratulations), but they beat us by one quarter of a percent. I did the math in my head while driving in this morning. I think accountants call that a rounding error.”

He went on to praise Marvel’s ability to get people to theaters.

“I saw it as a really good sign. I was really concerned with all the new streaming services and the different ways people can consume movies right now that the theatergoing experience might have been eroded to the point that a new Avatar film – even if it were better than the first one, and better received – could never achieve the same box-office levels. Now at least we know such a thing is still possible at the movie theater,” he said of the Avengers success.

READ MORE: James Cameron Reacts to ‘Avengers’ Taking His Box Office Crown

James Cameron Reacts to 'Avengers' Taking His Box Office Crown

Avengers: Endgame is now the highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office and director James Cameron is reacting to losing his box office crown.

James previously held the top two spots on the all-time chart with Avatar at $2.789 billion and Titanic at $2.187 billion.

Endgame has reached $2.790 billion at the worldwide box office and still has the potential to earn more. The movie will be released on Digital HD on July 30, though it’s still playing in theaters.

“I see you, Marvel” James wrote in a tweet on the Avatar account. “Congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box-office king.”

Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo responded, “To @JimCameron – you’re a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you for always inspiring us and opening the world’s eyes to what’s possible. We can’t wait to see where you take us next…”

James Cameron Reacts to 'Avengers: Endgame' Beating Titanic's Box Office Numbers

Avengers: Endgame has dethroned Titanic as the second-highest grossing film of all time, and Titanic‘s director, James Cameron, has reacted to the news.

“To [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige] and everybody at Marvel,” James wrote on Twitter. “An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my ‘Titanic.’ Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever!”

Endgame surpassed Titanic when it earned $2.3 billion at the box office. The number one top-grossing movie of all time also happens to be a James Cameron film: Avatar. Avatar grossed $2.78 billion at the box office.

Laura Harrier & Danielle Macdonald Buddy Up at 10-Year Anniversary Of RCGD Celebration!

Danielle Macdonald and Laura Harrier strike a pose with Lakeith Stanfield and Fiona Xie while attending the 10-Year Anniversary Of RCGD Celebration held at the Albright Fashion Library on Thursday (February 21) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The four stars were also joined by Michelle Rodriguez, James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron who hosted the annual Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) Pre-Oscars event in partnership with Absolut Elyx, AMUR and AKA West Hollywood.

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The event featured exclusive wardrobe pieces from the AMUR x RCGD debut collection. The collection features six looks, revealed last night for the first time, and were displayed in a curated presentation created by Oh Mannequin.

FYI: Laura is wearing a Commission dress and Effy Jewelry earrings.

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