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'Avatar' movie sequel to resume production in New Zealand

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A sequel to James Cameron's sci-fi movie blockbuster "Avatar" will go back into production next week for the first time since it was shuttered by worldwide efforts to contain the coronavirus, producer Jon Landau said on Friday.

Film and TV production came to halt around the globe in mid-March but is slowly returning in some countries including New Zealand, where the "Avatar" sequel is being filmed.

"Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week," Landau wrote on Instagram beneath a photo of two boats on the set. Landau identified them as the Matador, a high-speed forward command vessel, and the Picador, a jetboat.

Authorities in New Zealand, where coronavirus slowed dramatically after the government enforced a strict lockdown, have approved film industry safeguards for resuming productions. Each set needs a permit to bring people back to work.

Released in 2009, "Avatar" had been the highest-grossing movie of all time until July 2019 when it was overtaken by superhero flick "Avengers: Endgame."

Cameron has been working on "Avatar" sequels for years and their release has been delayed several times. The second installment is scheduled to debut in December 2021, followed by three others in December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027.

The "Avatar" sequels will be distributed by Walt Disney Co, which took over the franchise when it bought film and TV businesses from 21st Century Fox in 2019.

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Not interested. James cameron is a doofus.

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James cameron is a doofus.

But he makes better movies than you !!!.. looooooool !!!..

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That movie had some great CG effects but that didn't make the first movie good. 'Avatar' is a stinky cliché-ridden pedantic overblown piece of garbage. It has sci-fy rip-offs galore, ethnic stereotypes applied to a futuristic setting in another solar system, plot devices and predictable factors out the yinyang stolen from every type of film you've seen before, and my cliché meter device/BS detector went into such an overload I had to throw it into a dumpster because smoke came out of it and it exploded! 'Avatar' is a totally absolute pile of rubbish. It's trash. Ain't no way I'm going to see a sequel to it. And it' been 10 years or so since the original doo-doo. Why make a sequel now?

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It' been 10 years or so since the original doo-doo. Why make a sequel now?

James Cameron has been working on the sequels basically since the last one. Apparently they developed a lot of new technology for it. They've been filming/making them for a few years now I believe.

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StrangerlandToday 06:47 am JSTIt' been 10 years or so since the original doo-doo. Why make a sequel now?

James Cameron has been working on the sequels basically since the last one. Apparently they developed a lot of new technology for it. They've been filming/making them for a few years now I believe.

New and original technology cannot mask an awful movie's clichés and predictable, unoriginal plot and storyline. And 'Avatar' had one of the most unoriginal unimaginative stories I had ever seen in my life. Even the scenes of the huge planet that forested moon orbited was a direct rip-off of the photos that were taken by Voyager 2 when it explored the planet Jupiter. Those pink strands used to 'communicate with nature' - a rip-off of the pink light bulb strands used in the video of 'High On You' by Survivor. Every character, every scenario - predictable. Sigourney Weaver's character was named 'Ripley', just like in 'Alien' and the starship travelers were in cybernetic sleep - hey!!!

My cliché meter went on overload and it self-destructed. That film's total lack of original deep-sixed right from the start and no modern technology effects can mask junk like that. I ain't gonna bother with any sequel to this trash.

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CORRECTION

My cliché meter went on overload and it self-destructed. That film's total lack of originality deep-sixed it right from the start and no modern technology effects can mask junk like that. I ain't gonna bother with any sequel to this trash.

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People watched it for the visuals, not the story

Dunno how they gonna repeat that

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lostrune2May 25 08:03 pm JSTPeople watched it for the visuals, not the story

Dunno how they gonna repeat that

Visuals do not always a good movie make. 'Toy Story' is a 5-star classic because of the then-new and revolutionary visual techniques employed and the terrific story. It's a milestone for sure. And I have worked with computer animation and let me tell you, it's a LOT LOTTA LOTTA meticulous work involved. There's so much work involved into it, not really difficult now but it is a lot of time-consuming work for every frame and to even get one minute accomplished.

At the same time somebody has to write a story for the film. That's where the problems arise. 'Avatar' was so damn predictable and cliché-ridden to the maximum not even the best visual technology could even come close to salvaging it from the trash can. And that movie is a bad-written derivative unoriginal piece of garbage. It's total rubbish.

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Visuals do not always a good movie make.

Didn't say it's a good movie - just saying that people watched it for the visuals to the tune of over $2.7 Billion

(Sometimes people just watch things for the visuals; sometimes people just watch things to see young Leonardo DiCaprio become every girl's ideal boyfriend. Sometimes people watch movies not for the story.)

And that's the part I don't know how they'll recreate because when Avatar first came out, 3D movies were kinda new, so the visuals mesmerized people

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