Sequels to the critically acclaimed film Avatar could cost $1 billion (£811m) as the production prepares to begin filming in the coming months.
Four Avatar sequels have been planned, and they will all be filmed at the same time which explains the high price tag.
The films may be some of the first movies to resume production amid the coronavirus pandemic, with it being filmed in New Zealand.
According to Deadline, some TV and movie productions are already underway in the country.
While the coronavirus has shut down the entirety of Hollywood, visual effects are still being worked on as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s no surprise many Hollywood productions have chosen New Zealand as the destination considering the nation had reported only 1,497 cases with 21 deaths.
The first sequel is set to premiere in December 2021, with the rest following in 2023, 2025 and 2027.
Clear out your schedule for the next seven years.
Back in March this year, producer Jon Landau confirmed the production being shut down.
‘We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry,’ he told The New Zealand Herald. ‘I think everybody needs to do now whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve.’
See, he gets it.
The first Avatar film followed the Na’vi natives living on the alien world of Pandora.
As the planet’s environment is poisonous, human/Na’vi hybrids, called Avatars, have to link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, is mobile again thanks to one Avatar and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldana).
As he gets closer to her, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.
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