“Avatar” Sequel Starts Shooting; Will Cost $1 Billion

By Creative Media Times

20th Century Fox

It looks like it’s finally coming to fruition. After multiple false starts, the sequel to the highest grossing film of all time worldwide began production Monday, Deadline reports. But not without a hefty price tag: $1 Billion.

Director James Cameron is also shooting four sequels back-to-back, another uncharted territory. Couple that with Cameron’s penchant for pushing the boundaries of technology and cinema special effects, the sequels make it the “most expensive shoot of its kind.”

The closest we’ve seen a production of this magnitude was Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was filmed simultaneously in New Zealand.

The sequels certainly have plenty to live up to. The original Avatar was both a box-office phenomenon and an innovative undertaking at the time, where Cameron made use of his virtual camera system which showed the actors’ virtual counterparts interacting with their digital surroundings in real time, as well as innovative special effects with improved motion capture techniques.

Last April, Avatar production team announced via their Facebook page that the four movies will be released from 2020 to 2025, giving the filmmaker just three years to put the first film together.