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James Cameron shooting three Avatar sequels in New Zealand

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James Cameron has confirmed that his three Avatar sequels will be shot in New Zealand.

The director made the announcement in Wellington today (December 15) alongside New Zealand prime minister John Key and producer Jon Landau.

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Cameron projected that the first 3D Avatar sequel will be in cinemas by Christmas 2016, with the ensuing movies to be released in 2017 and late 2018 respectively.

He added that all three films will be shot concurrently beginning in 2015.

Sections of the original Avatar were filmed in Wellington in 2007, with other production work taking place in Los Angeles.

"It's quite a thrill to be officially saying that we're bringing the Avatar films to New Zealand," Cameron told reporters today.

"We had such a wonderful experience here making the first film."

James Cameron visits bottom of Mariana Trench in deep sea vessel

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James Cameron visits bottom of Mariana Trench


20th Century Fox has announced that Stephen Lang will be back for the next movie as the villainous Colonel Miles Quaritch.

The studio also recently denied that Cameron's frequent collaborator Arnold Schwarzenegger will be appearing in the Avatar sequels.

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