James Cameron says 'Avatar' sequels will be made in New Zealand

By Chelsea Lewis ,

Director James Cameron has announced the location for the upcoming Avatar sequels. Filming will be taking place in New Zealand for the next three films, which will be shot back to back.

Variety reported that Cameron made the announcement at a conference in Willington, N.Z., and supporting Cameron in the announcement was New Zealand's prime minister, John Key.

The three films will cost around $412 million to make. In return for Cameron's business, New Zealand has increased their film tax credits from 15 percent to 25 percent.

The first Avatar film was partially shot in New Zealand. Avatar became the highest-grossing movie in history, earning $2.78 billion at the global box office.

The upcoming Avatar sequels will be released in 2016, 2017 and 2018, all coming to theaters in the month of December.

Cinema Blend added that Cameron is not the first director to film multiple movies with New Zealand as the backdrop. The Hobbit trilogy and Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand with Peter Jackson at the helm.

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