Covid 19 coronavirus: Avatar sequels to resume New Zealand production next week

Producer Jon Landau posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday saying that he and the "Avatar" cast and crew are returning to New Zealand next week.

Odds are production will be getting underway slowly as there will likely be requirements on set to attempt social distancing to the degree that is possible.

Kate Winslet and Zoe Saldana star in the upcoming Avatar films. "Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) - can't wait to share more", he wrote alongside the picture.

Production taking place right now is focused on the next two Avatar films.

The production on the sequels of the 2009 film had to stopped in mid-March after the New Zealand government announced a lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Director James Cameron was reportedly in the process of filming live-action elements of the films when the pandemic struck.

Since past year, filming had alternated between studios in Kumeu, New Zealand, and Wellington, the country's capital.

With a combined budget of $500 million, Avatar 2 and 3 are being filmed at the same time.

The slow re-opening of overseas productions have given Cameron confidence that Avatar 2 can still make its December 2021 release date, and the recent release of a string of behind-the-scenes images of the set supports that.