Avatar & Co: Hollywood blockbusters take a break

The corona virus also means restrictions for the film industry. Not only have numerous cinema releases been postponed, the ongoing filming is often postponed indefinitely. These blockbusters are affected among others:

Shooting of "Avatar 2" suspended

For some time "Avatar 2" by director James Cameron (65, "Titanic") has been in production, which has now been stopped in New Zealand due to Covid-19. This was announced by producer Jon Landau (59, "Alita: Battle Angel") to the daily newspaper "New Zealand Herald": "We have postponed the shooting." In the meantime, work continues in Los Angeles. "If I said now that we would know more in two weeks, I would be lying. (…) We are in the middle of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everyone has to do everything now do to flatten the (coronavirus) curve, "says the producer.

Filming is currently interrupted, but four more "Avatar" parts are still planned, as Cameron and the production company "Lightstorm Entertainment" announced.

Break for Keanu Reeves and Eddie Redmayne

The shoot for "Matrix 4" is currently also paused. The film is being shot in several countries. Work on this has already been completed in San Francisco. Production has now come to Germany, where the filming has currently been stopped. The shooting is to be continued at a later date. "Matrix 4" includes actors such as Keanu Reeves (55, "Das Haus am See"), Carrie-Anne Moss (52, "Marvel's Jessica Jones"), Jada Pinkett Smith (48, "Girls Trip"), Neil Patrick Harris (46, "How I Met Your Mother") and Brian J. Smith (38, "Law & Order") in front of the camera.

It also hits "Fantastic Beasts 3". It is not yet clear whether the interruption in shooting will affect the planned release date in November 2021. In the third part of the film series Eddie Redmayne (38, "The Danish Girl") returns as Newt Scamander. There is also a filming stop at "Batman" in Great Britain, "King Richard" in Los Angeles and Baz Luthermann's Elvis Presley film in Australia.