NEW YORK: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a huge reshuffle in Hollywood release dates but filmmaker James Cameron remains confident that his much-awaited 'Avatar 2' will release as planned.
'Avatar 2' is currently slated for a release on December 17, 2021.
"I want to get back to work on 'Avatar', which right away we're not allowed to work on under state emergency laws or rules. So it's all on hold currently," Cameron said, chatting with Empire for the new Celebration Of Cinema issue.
The filmmaker shared that he was scheduled to take the filming to New Zealand before the lockdown.
"We were getting ready to shoot down in New Zealand, so that got pushed. We're trying to get back to it as quick as possible," he said.
However, the filmmaker hopes to stay up with the pace of shooting and finish the movie as planned.
"On the bright side, New Zealand seems to have been very effective in controlling the virus and their goal is not mitigation, but eradication, which they believe that they will do with aggressive contact tracing and testing," he said, adding: "So there's a really good chance that our shoot can be delayed a couple of months, but we can still do it. So that's excellent news ."
During the lockdown as well, the work on the film is on -- due to advanced technology.
"We've got everybody -- everybody at Weta Digital and Lightstorm -- functioning from home to the extent that's possible. But my work is on the stage doing the virtual cameras and so on, so I can do a bit of editing, but it's not great for me," he said.
It is being believed that 'Avatar 2' takes place 12 years after the events of the original movie. It follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he roams the planet of Pandora with the new family he has with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
The first part was an enormous success, becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time when it released in 2009. Its worldwide record was broken last year by 'Avengers: Endgame'.