Cameron offered the updates during a video chat with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in Cameron’s The Terminator, as part of the 2020 Austrian World Summit. Disney announced in July that it had moved the Avatar sequels back a year with Avatar 2 set for Dec. 16, 2022; Avatar 3 slated for Dec. 20, 2024; Avatar 4 to debut on Dec. 18, 2026; and Avatar 5 on Dec. 22, 2028.
“COVID hit us like it hit everybody,” Cameron said. “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 said. “So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting, we’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10% left to go. We’re 100% complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95% complete with Avatar 3.”