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How James Cameron Repurposed His Abandoned Avatar 2 Script

James Cameron reveals more details about his scrapped Avatar 2 script, titled Avatar: The High Ground, and how it was reworked into a graphic novel.

James Cameron reveals more details about his scrapping Avatar 2 script and how it was reused. The Canadian filmmaker is the three-time Oscar-winning talent behind hits like The Terminator, aliensand Titanic, whose directorial effects have come sparsely over the years, but generally with immense success. In 2009, Cameron wrote and directed Avataran entirely original film about the lush planet of Pandora inhabited by the indigenous Na’vi tribe, whose homeworld is threatened by human colonizers seeking to mine the precious mineral known as unobtanium.


Largely thanks to its groundbreaking visual effects, Avatar became the highest-grossing film of all time, a title it still holds today after numerous re-releases. Due to this incredible success, Cameron began developing many sequels, including the first, Avatar: The Way of the Water, due out next month. The more than ten-year gap between installments is attributed to Cameron and his team once again having to develop new performance capture technology before filming. Cameron also scrapped a Avatar 2 script, he spent an entire year writing, instead of starting the screenplay that would become The way of the water.

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In a recent interview with Total movie (Going through Game radars), Cameron revealed some additional details about his scrapping Avatar 2 screenplay, which was called Avatar: The Heights. Cameron and his team of writers, which includes Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno, actually finished the 130-page script, but decided to scrap it because it wasn’t good enough. However, his ideas were redirected in the Avatar sequels and a series of graphic novels. Read what Cameron said below:

We found a way to restructure the elements we needed to spread across the first two sequels, and relaunched it in a completely different way. There are some great things in there. I mean, you have the Na’vi fighting with zero-G bows and arrows. I mean, I’m here! I want to see this movie. But it just didn’t sufficiently achieve the overarching story and thematic goals I had in mind. So we’re going to make it a Dark Horse graphic novel. You will be able to see this intermediate battle that took place between film one and film two.

How to Read the Scrapped Avatar: The High Ground Story

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While the Avatar: The Heights script was abandoned, his ideas were not totally forgotten. As Cameron explained above, some of his best ideas and elements were reused in Avatar: The Way of the Water. His story has also been reworked into a series of Dark Horse graphic novels. Title Avatar: The Heights after Cameron’s original Avatar 2 storyline, the graphic novel series follows a battle that unfolds between the first two films when humans return to Pandora with an armada of heavily armed spaceships, and Jake and Neytiri must fight not only to defend their Na’Vi family, but their home planet itself.

With the first of three issues releasing on December 6, the graphic novel will act as a direct prequel to Avatar: The Way of the Water and closing the ten-year gap between the first two films before the sequel hits theaters on December 17. Avatar: The HeightsIdeas from were also reused in Avatar 3which could possibly be called Avatar: The Seed Bearer and reportedly wrapped filming ahead of its scheduled December 20, 2024 release date. Avatar 2 the script is clearly paying dividends for Cameron and his writing team, as his ideas have not only been reworked in multiple Avatar sequels, but also expanded the franchise in graphic novel form.

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Source: Total Movie (via Games Radar)

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