James Cameron's return to Pandora is also a return to another foreign home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron will make the next three Avatar films in New Zealand, the same country where he directed the record-breaking original. "We had such a wonderful experience here making the first film, and obviously the result of all of the talent in New Zealand speaks for itself," the filmmaker said. "It's a great pleasure for us to recreate that winning combination."
THR reports the deal to film the new Avatar trilogy in New Zealand is worth more than $412 million, in a partnership between the New Zealand government, Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Film Corp. The agreement requires at least that much money to be spent "on production activity in New Zealand, including most of the live action shooting and visual effects," as well as employment opportunities for local New Zealanders. The country will also host "at least one official red carpet premiere" for the new Avatar films.
The first of three new Avatar films is set for release in December 2016.