The epic science fiction film Avatar directed by James Cameron proved to be an enormous success in 2009. The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards upon its release, including Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron. The film won Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Avatar also succeeded Titanic, another popular movie directed by Cameron, as the highest grossing film of all time, where it remained until 2019, when it was eventually succeeded by Avengers: Endgame. In 2010, it was confirmed that Avatar would receive four sequels, all of which were to be directed by Cameron.

Despite the fact that the announcement was made in 2010, Avatar 2 has faced numerous delays due to problems going on behind the scenes, including poor scheduling, changes to the screenplay, lack of efficient technology for what Cameron is hoping for with his vision and the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite all of that, Cameron confirmed this week that he has completed filming with Avatar 2 while 96% of Avatar 3 has been completed as well.

“So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting,” Cameron said in an interview. “We’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10 percent left to go. We’re 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3.” This came as a surprise to fans of the original film, as they had not expected the movie to be completed that quickly, especially with the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To promote the sequel to Avatar, producer Jon Landau posted a photo on Instagram that showed returning cast member Sigourney Weaver shooting a scene that took place under water, which was apparently one of the hardest scenes to create for Cameron.

The current official release date for Avatar 2 is December 16, 2022, while the release date for Avatar 3 is on December 20, 2024. Fans of the first movie can look forward to seeing the improved and immersive technology when the film is finally released.