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James Cameron to film three Avatar sequels in New Zealand

Published on Dec 16, 2013 8:26 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Director James Cameron announced on Monday, Dec 16, 2013, he will film three sequels to his record-breaking epic Avatar in New Zealand after striking a deal with the government for increased production subsidies.

Cameron said the movies, with a combined budget of at least NZ$500 million (S$518.7 million), would be shot back-to-back and released from late 2016.

Aside from an increased subsidy that will account for up to 25 per cent of the films' budget, Cameron said New Zealand offered highly skilled production crews and world-class special effects.

"I've worked with crews all over the world, quite a bit in the US and Canada, and you don't have that same spark," he said.

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