Wellington: Last week when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adren announced that her country is now officially free from COVID-19, the film crew of Avatar sequel that had suspended shooting three months ago, were back on the sets.

The shoot resumed after spending 14-day government-mandated quarantine and also the strict measures of wearing a mask, sanitisation of work area, maintenance of distance and sanitising hands frequently.

Its producer Jon Landau took to his social media and posted a picture on Instagram and left a quote on the update.

“Used my iPhone to snap a picture of our first shot back in production on the Avatar sequels,” said Landau.


Used my iPhone to snap a picture of our first shot back in production on the Avatar sequels.

A post shared by Jon Landau (@jonplandau) on Jun 15, 2020 at 5:04pm PDT


Its director James Cameron had earlier announced that motion capture work on “Avatar 2” “Avatar 3” had been completed. As the crew was planning to return to New Zealand in the spring to complete the live-action pickups needed on “Avatar 2” the work was hampered following the pandemic that shut the world.

The Sci-Fi flick Avatar that captured everyone’s imagination in 2009, began pre-production in 2005 and it took four years to complete it.

What is the movie all about?

Avatar is a film in which the US Army mission to Pandora, an alien world full of resources earth desperately needs in 2154.

The Army chooses Jake, who is paraplegic, replaces his twin on the Na'vi inhabited Pandora for a corporate mission. After the natives accept him as one of their own, he displays his loyalties to Na' i In part one and fights against humans for meddling with nature and natural forces.

Avatar 2 is slated to release on December 17, 2021 and two years later the next sequel will be released.