'Avatar 2', 'Wolverine 3', 'Transformers 5' Start Dates Revealed

'Avatar' will begin production this April despite not having a release date yet while the fifth 'Transformers' movie will kick off production in May.

AceShowbiz - The sequel to "Avatar" is still happening. Start date of its production has been unveiled along with the kick-off dates for "The Wolverine 3", "Transformers 5" and "Fifty Shades Darker".

"Avatar 2" is set to begin shooting in April, around Tax Day, in New Zealand. James Cameron is back directing the sequel from a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver are set to reprise their roles. The film was initially set for Christmas 2017 release but sources told The Wrap that the movie wouldn't make it in time and therefore would be released sometime in 2018.

Meanwhile, "The Wolverine 3" is still aiming for March 3, 2017 release. The production will be kick started on April 25 in both New Orleans and New Mexico. Hugh Jackman returns as the mutant, playing opposite Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. James Mangold is directing from a script by David James Kelly.

"Transformers 5" will begin production in May but location has not been announced. Michael Bay returns as director with the script written by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan. Mark Wahlberg is set to reprise his role in the sequel which is yet to have a release date.

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel is scheduled to begin production this month for Valentine's Day 2017 release. The original cast Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will star opposite new addition Kim Basinger.

"Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Covenant" will begin production in April in Sydney, Australia. Ridley Scott is directing "Covenant", and Michael Fassbender is set to return. The second "Prometheus" movie is set to hit theaters October 6, 2017.

"Blade Runner 2" is aiming for July principal photography in U.K. and Hungary. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are set to star under the direction of Denis Villeneuve. Last but not least, "Ghost in the Shell" will begin production this month in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai, China. Rupert Sanders is directing the live-action adaptation of the manga series while Scarlett Johansson and Sam Riley are attached to star in the March 31, 2017 film.

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