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Production shutdown for ‘Avatar’ and ‘Around the World In 80 Days’

Production shutdown for ‘Avatar’ and ‘Around the World In 80 Days’
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Filming of James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels in New Zealand has been delayed indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns.

Meanwhile Slim Film + Television has suspended for at least one month production in South Africa of the big budget TV series Around the World In 80 Days, which Seven Studios is co-producing.

Cameron and producer Jon Landau’s production company Lightstorm Entertainment had been due to finish filming Avatar 2 and 3 in the northern spring.

Landau told the New Zealand Herald he and a group of colleagues have postponed their flight to Wellington and will continue working in Los Angeles.

“If I told you we are going to know something in two weeks I’d be lying,” he said. “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
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Avatar Sequels Pause Filming in New Zealand

Avatar Sequels Pause Filming in New Zealand
It's been more than a decade since Avatar hit theaters back in December 2009, with James Cameron currently hard at work on the long-awaited sequel. Unfortunately, Avatar 2, as well as the other planned sequels, just hit something of a big snag, as filming in New Zealand has been delayed for an indefinite amount of time. In the meantime, Cameron and his team will be working on the visual effects instead.

The news comes from James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landeau. This is just the latest production to be hit by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has had a massive impact on the entertainment industry as a whole. Landeau, in a recent interview, had this to say about the delay.

"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
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The ‘Avatar’ sequels have reportedly halted production in New Zealand

The ‘Avatar’ sequels have reportedly halted production in New Zealand
The latest news is that the Avatar movies sequels have halted production in New Zealand. This is all due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and comes via Variety who report that the James Cameron-helmed sequels have stopped “until further notice”.

The trade says that the source is the New Zealand Film Commission who confirmed a postponement. Producer Jon Landau reportedly told 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 (in Los Angeles), and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.”

There are no less than four Avatar sequels in various stages of production with their releases set to roll out from December 20201. ‘Avatar 2’ will debut in cinemas on 17th December 2021; ‘Avatar 3’ set for
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Coronavirus: ‘Avatar’ Sequels Suspend Filming In New Zealand

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Coronavirus: ‘Avatar’ Sequels Suspend Filming In New Zealand
Filming on James Cameron’s long-in-the-works Avatar sequels has been suspended in New Zealand due to coronavirus.

Producer Jon Landau told 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.”

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“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…
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‘Avatar’ Sequels Halt Production in New Zealand Due to Virus Outbreak

  • Variety
‘Avatar’ Sequels Halt Production in New Zealand Due to Virus Outbreak
Production of three “Avatar” sequels in New Zealand has been put on hold as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

Sources at the New Zealand Film Commission confirmed a postponement “until further notice” after local reports emerged Tuesday that crew members had received emails from the producers announcing an immediate suspension of production.

The film’s executive team had been due to fly from Los Angeles to New Zealand on Friday, and to resume a block of shooting at the Stone Street Studios in Wellington. They will not now travel. It is not known if that group included director James Cameron.

“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,” producer, Jon Landau told
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‘Avatar’ Villain Stephen Lang Says Filming Four Sequels at Once ‘Gets a Little Confusing’

‘Avatar’ Villain Stephen Lang Says Filming Four Sequels at Once ‘Gets a Little Confusing’
James Cameron has given himself the most ambitious undertaking of his career with the four upcoming “Avatar” sequels, all of which are in various stages of production at the same time. If that sounds like a headache for the director, just wait until you ask a cast member about what it’s like to film “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” all at once. Stephen Lang, who plays the villainous Colonel Miles Quaritch, recently spoke to The National about how overwhelming it was to film so much footage for multiple sequels Cameron has planned. “I’ve given up trying to keep track,” Lang says when asked how many script pages and hours of footage has been logged. “The whole thing gets a little confusing.”

Cameron kicked off production on the “Avatar” sequels in September 2017. The director said last December that motion capture scenes for “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” were completed in their entirety,
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Film News Roundup: Oona Chaplin Starring in Horror Movie ‘Lullaby’

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Film News Roundup: Oona Chaplin Starring in Horror Movie ‘Lullaby’
In today’s film news roundup, Oona Chaplin is starring in a horror movie, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will honor Sharon Stone, FuseFX expands, and “Let’s Scare Julie” and “Stray” get distribution.

Casting

Oona Chaplin will star in Alcon Entertainment’s horror feature “Lullaby,” based on the mythological figure Lilith.

John R. Leonetti (“Annabelle”) is attached to direct from a screenplay by Alex Greenfield and Ben Powell. “Lullaby” begins shooting in Toronto on March 24.

Alcon will fully finance the feature with Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove serving as producers. Rooted in folklore, “Lullaby” follows a new mother who discovers a lullaby in an ancient book and soon regards the song as a blessing but her world transforms into a nightmare when the lullaby brings forth the ancient demon Lilith.

Kosove and Johnson said, “’Lullaby’ is based on a uniquely original idea that draws inspiration from varied rich and often terrifying mythological accounts.
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Incredible Avatar 2 Fan Trailer Welcomes Us Back To Pandora

So, it’s not an official Avatar 2 trailer with brand new footage in it, my condolences. If that’s what you were looking for, you’re permitted to leave now. Those who clicked this having clocked it was for a fan trailer, though – as specified in the title – the heartiest of welcomes to you intrepid lunatics. You’ll find what you were looking for sat above this paragraph. Enjoy!

Done? Good. I hope that satisfied whatever Avatar sequel hype fix you were after. Beats other kinds of fixes. Ah. Splendid. Another article finished. What’s next on my to do list? Shark tank irrigated? Yes. Deliver the toy surgeon’s novocaine, drive to Woolacombe…wait, what are you still doing here? You’ve watched the trailer. That was all I was here to tell you. It’s finished. Nothing else I write is going to inform or enlighten. Religious conversions are next door.
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‘Avatar’ Sequels Concept Art Reveals Tropical Lands Beyond Pandora (Photos)

  • The Wrap
‘Avatar’ Sequels Concept Art Reveals Tropical Lands Beyond Pandora (Photos)
We’re now less than two years away from the release of “Avatar 2,” and while there’s still no official images from the film, we got our first look at some exotic and tropical new concept art that takes the Na’Vi to realms beyond Pandora.

“In the #Avatar sequels, you won’t just return to Pandora — you’ll explore new parts of the world. Check out these brand new concept art pieces for a sneak peek at what’s to come,” the official “AvatarTwitter account tweeted on Tuesday along with four drawn still images.

The images were unveiled as part of a presentation at the CES conference in Las Vegas Monday night, at which James Cameron was present to announce a new partnership between Avatar and Mercedes-Benz on the VisionAVTR car inspired by the worlds of Pandora.

In them you can see two Na’Vi standing on
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James Cameron Provides Much Needed Update On Avatar Sequels

A question for you. Can you describe the as-yet unreleased Avatar sequels as existing in development hell? I’m not sure the phrase was coined for the status they’ve been in for more than a decade, and yet in-development is all they remain. Release date after release date has come and gone – constantly pushed further out into the land of time not-reached.

Fans of the global blue-peopled franchise that isn’t The Smurfs have had to keep patient then, with only occasional messages from their Godhead to comfort them – typically to the tune of “Lose not your faith ye unworldly children. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow through them.” Or something like that.

James Cameron may well have elevated himself to enlightened numen given his evident departure from this Earth since his last film’s release, devoting his being entirely to
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James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Now ‘Right on Schedule,’ Fourth Film Already Being Shot

James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Now ‘Right on Schedule,’ Fourth Film Already Being Shot
Ten years ago on December 18, 2009, 20th Century Fox opened James Cameron’s science-fiction epic “Avatar” in theaters nationwide. The movie rode a wave of interest in its groundbreaking 3D and motion capture technology to become the highest grossing film worldwide, a title it kept for a decade until it was surpassed this year by “Avengers: Endgame.” Cameron now has four “Avatar” sequels in the works. Ten years after the original, the first “Avatar” sequel is still two years away. “Avatar 2” was originally being eyed for 2014, but the added sequels and the new technology needed for extensive underwater sequences pushed the film back first to December 2020 and then to December 2021. Cameron now tells Variety the sequels are on track to hit their announced release dates.

“From 2013 until now we’ve mostly designed the whole world across four new movies. We’ve written, finished scripts for all four of those films.
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Epic Avatar 2 Set Photo Marks End of Live-Action Shoot for 2019

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Epic Avatar 2 Set Photo Marks End of Live-Action Shoot for 2019
A new official set image from Avatar 2 has been released. The massive set photo was posted on social media to announce that production has wrapped for 2019. James Cameron and crew are going to take a break for the holidays before jumping back into work early next year, bringing the long-awaited sequels closer to completion. The second installment is set several years after Avatar and will reportedly focus on Jake and Neytiri's children, but that has yet to be confirmed at this time.

The latest look at Avatar 2 shows that not everything in the movie is made up from CGI. The photograph is taken on a massive set, which includes a water tank and offers a Avatar 2 behind-the-scenes look at a craft called the "Sea Dragon." The set shows a ton of crew members, along with a ton of lights to illuminate the objects in and out of the water.
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Original ‘Avatar’ Film to Stream on Disney+ at Launch

  • The Wrap
Disney+ just got a lot bigger and bluer. The original “Avatar” film from 2009 and directed by James Cameron will stream on Disney+ on the day of the streaming service’s launch on Nov. 12, Cameron announced in a video Friday.

Cameron and Disney are currently at work on a series of four Avatar sequels in New Zealand, and the film will be available for streaming in the Us, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand at launch.

The film was not previously available on a streaming platform until now, but the film that was the highest grossing movie of all time up until the release of “Avengers: Endgame” earlier this yer will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Dec. 18. “Avatar” grossed $2.78 billion worldwide upon its release, including $760 million domestically to make the third highest grossing film in North America.

Also Read: Matt Damon Says He Passed on 'Avatar' - and
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Jared Harris, Lee Pace to Star on David S. Goyer’s ‘Foundation’ Adaptation at Apple TV+

  • The Wrap
Jared Harris, Lee Pace to Star on David S. Goyer’s ‘Foundation’ Adaptation at Apple TV+
Jared Harris and Lee Pace are set as the stars of Apple TV+ “Foundation” adaptation from David S. Goyer, the streaming service said on Tuesday.

Based on Isaac Asimov’s novel series of the same name, the 10-episode Apple show chronicles the epic saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.

Emmy-nominated “Chernobyl” star Harris will play Hari Seldon, a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the empire. Pace (“Halt and Catch Fire”) will star opposite him in the role of Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galaxy.

Also Read: Apple TV+: Here Are All the Original Shows in the Works for Apple's Streaming Service (Photos)

Goyer will serve as showrunner and executive producer for “Foundation,” with Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) also executive producing.
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James Cameron Congratulates Marvel as Avengers: Endgame Passes Avatar as Highest-Grossing Film

James Cameron Congratulates Marvel as Avengers: Endgame Passes Avatar as Highest-Grossing Film
Looks like Avengers: Endgame has finally surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time.

The Marvel film, which was released in April, stands at No. 1 at the worldwide box office with $2.790 billion while Avatar has $2.789 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.

Avatar director James Cameron congratulated Marvel on its achievement on Monday in a tweet he shared to Avatar‘s official Twitter account.

“Congratulations, @MarvelStudios!” he wrote alongside an image of Iron Man in what appears to be Pandora.

The image read, “I see you Marvel — Congratulations to Avengers Endgame on becoming the new box-office king. James Cameron.”

Congratulations,
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Counterpunch to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – Should ‘Avatar’ be re-released? [Vote In Poll]

Counterpunch to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – Should ‘Avatar’ be re-released? [Vote In Poll]
After a huge start “Avengers: Endgame” has fallen just short of the “Avatar” global box office record, but “Avengers” could get a second wind when it’s re-released with special features on Friday, June 28. Will that be enough to bridge the gap and take down “Avatar”? And if so, should “Avatar” get its own big-screen re-release to try to take its record back? Vote in our poll at the bottom off this post to let us know what you think.

As I’m writing this on Sunday, June 23, “Endgame” has made $2.749 billion worldwide. That’s just $39 million shy of “Avatar’s” record of $2.788 billion. By the time you read this that deficit might be even smaller. So re-opening with another marketing push and post-credits scenes in advance of “Spider-Man: Far from Home’s” release on July 2 could nudge the Marvel blockbuster just over the line.

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What We Do In The Shadows’ Jemaine Clement joins ‘Avatar’ sequel

What We Do In The Shadows’ co-creator Jemaine Clement has jumped on board James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequels.

Clement, who takes up the role of marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, will be joining Michelle Yeoh who will play the role of scientist Dr. Karina Mogue, Zoe Saldana, who reprises the role of the Na’vi princess Neytiri. Sam Worthington will also return as the human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully. Sigourney Weaver and bad guy Stephen Lang will be back too. Other newcomers include ‘Game of ThronesOona Chaplin and Fear the Walking Dead’s Cliff Curtis will be joining the sequels, and Edie Falco is playing the new character General Ardmore. Kate Winslet will also be reuniting with Cameron playing the role of Ronal.

“I’ve loved Jemaine’s work for years and I’m really pumped that he’s joining our cast as Ian Garvin, one of my favourite characters,
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James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Casts Jemaine Clement

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James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Sequels Casts Jemaine Clement
Jemaine Clement is joining the cast of James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels. He will play marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin.

“I’ve loved Jemaine’s work for years and I’m really pumped that he’s joining our cast as Ian Garvin, one of my favorite characters,” Cameron said in a statement.

Avatar 2,” the first of four follow-ups, will hit theaters on Dec. 17, 2021, a year after what Fox had planned before it was bought by Disney in March. Disney announced last week that the remaining installments will be released on the same weekend every two years, alternating with “Star Wars” movies with “Avatar 3” arriving in 2023; “Avatar 4” in 2025; and finally “Avatar 5” in 2027.

The 2009 fantasy epic “Avatar” remains the all-time box office champion, with $2.8 billion worldwide. Cameron initially envisioned two sequels, but after meeting with the screenwriters, artists and designers, realized he had too much material and extended
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Avatar Sequels Delayed, Disney Alternates Releases with Star Wars Through 2027

Avatar Sequels Delayed, Disney Alternates Releases with Star Wars Through 2027
James Cameron's long-awaited Avatar 2 and its subsequent sequels have been delayed yet again by Disney. The first Avatar was produced for 20th Century Fox and, following its release in December 2009, went on to become the highest-grossing movie ever, by a considerably wide margin. As such, it was always expected that a sequel was going to happen. Cameron decided to make four Avatar sequels, which Disney inherited as part of their recent merger with Fox. Now, the studio has given new dates to the sequels, which are coming out quite a bit later than previously expected.

Disney recently released a fully updated release calendar that has some release dates as far back as 2027. This includes everything they decided to keep following the Fox deal closing. The calendar reveals that Avatar 2 will now arrive in theaters on December 17, 2021, as opposed to its previous date, which would have seen it arrive next year.
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Disney Announces 63 Movie Release Dates Through 2027

Disney just announced a batch of new release dates for movies up through 2027. That's not to say they have their full release calendar planned up through then, but the next few years are pretty well set in stone and it's clear, with the purchase of Fox officially done, that few other studios stand a chance against the Mouse House's onslaught of blockbusters, franchise flicks and otherwise appealing crowd-pleasers. This includes release dates for 3 new Star Wars movies, all four of James Cameron's Avatar sequels, The New Mutants and much more.

Following the dramatic success of Avengers: Endgame thus far, The Walt Disney Studios' 2019 summer slate includes Guy Ritchie's Aladdin on May 24, Dark Phoenix, the last of the proper Fox X-Men movies, on June 7, Pixar's Toy Story 4 on June 21, Stuber, a buddy cop comedy from Fox, on July 12 and Jon Favreau's The Lion King on July 19. Elsewhere,
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