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‘Avatar’ director just gave a huge update on upcoming films

The cast and crew have been filming in New Zealand

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The human forces on Pandora unleash tremendous firepower in an epic battle against the Na’vi, the indigenous population of Pandora in “Avatar.”

The human forces on Pandora unleash tremendous firepower in an epic battle against the Na’vi, the indigenous population of Pandora in “Avatar.”

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James Cameron, director of “Avatar,” has given fans some exciting updates about the progress of upcoming films.

“We’re 100% complete on Avatar 2 and sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3,” Cameron said in a recent interview, per Fox News.

Cameron sat down for an interview with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of the 2020 Austrian World Summit where they discussed “Avatar.”

“COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” Cameron said during the interview. “We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already.”

“Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver ‘Avatar 2,’ we’ll just start working on finishing ‘Avatar 3,’” Cameron added.

Disney announced in July that the Avatar sequels have been pushed back a year with the release of “Avatar 2” set for Dec. 16, 2022, and “Avatar 3” for Dec. 20, 2024. Subsequent films are set to be released in 2026 and 2028, according to Variety.

When discussing “Avatar 2,” Cameron said that the film crew had “returned to filming in New Zealand after production was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic,” per Insider.

“We’re very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago. We made the first film here in New Zealand and it turns out to be ranking first or second-best country in the world for its COVID response,” Cameron said.

Cameron wouldn’t give any hints to what viewers can expect in the upcoming film.

“I can’t tell you anything about the story,” he told Schwarzenegger. “I believe in the mystery and the great reveal.”

You can watch the full interview here on Schwarzenegger’s YouTube.