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Producer Jon Landau says “Avatar 2” restarting production in New Zealand

After getting their health and safety protocols approved by the New Zealand government, some film and TV production has resumed in the island nation. Among those is Disney’s “Avatar 2.”

Producer Jon Landau posted a picture of the set on Instagram. Lots of blue screen behind the boat sets. The sequel reportedly spends time exploring the ocean moon of Pandora.

Landau sent a special message to his followers. “Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week. Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) — can’t wait to share more.”

Last week the Official Twitter account shared a photo from early filming on set in the giant pool designed for under water motion capture. The white material on top is designed to keep reflection of the lights out of the water.

“Avatar 2” is still set for a December 2021 release date, although Director James Cameron seemingly warned that production could be delayed due to the need to stay at home. The good news is that Visual FX was able to continue as those artists can largely work from home.