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James Cameron Abandoned Avatar 2’s Initial Script Because It Wasn’t “Subconscious” Enough

Director James Cameron sacrificed a year of screenwriting to make Avatar: The Way of the Water work.


Cameron revealed in an interview with The Times UK that he and his Avatar The writing staff deconstructed the hit 2009 sci-fi drama in an attempt to strike twice. According to Cameron, the key ingredient was an extra layer of sensory subtext in Avatarand the Na’vi extraterrestrials. “All movies work on different levels,” he said. “The first is the surface, which is the character, the problem and the resolution. The second is thematic. What is the film trying to say? But ‘Avatar’ also works on a third level, the subconscious.”

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For Cameron, this subconscious appeal was crucial in developing The way of the waterbefore it even goes into production. “I wrote an entire script for the sequel, read it, and realized it didn’t hit level three,” Cameron admitted. “Boom. Start over. It took a year.”


The path of water goes deep

Released in 2009, Avatar followed a mining colony that travels to the alien moon of Pandora to collect its natural resources, surviving the environments by placing human spirits in artificial Na’vi bodies. Protagonist Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), after coming into contact with the Na’vi in ​​an alien form, is then tasked with infiltrating their tribe so his superiors can claim the planet’s large unobtanium deposit, but finds soon his loyalty drawn to the Na’vi. ‘I cause. In addition to receiving positive reviews, Avatar was an overwhelming financial success, surpassing that of Cameron Titanic become the highest-grossing film of all time. Although 2019 Avengers: Endgame briefly surpassed its record, Avatar reclaimed the title at the box office after a 2021 re-release in China.

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film on Avatar: The Way of the Water was completed in late 2020, with its official trailer – and the only trailer to date – coming in May. Although its story remains ambiguous, both the trailer and The way of the waterThe synopsis confirmed that Sully and his partner Na’vi Neytiri have started a family together on Pandora and will work to protect them from a new threat. The trailer also depicted a more cordial relationship between the humans and the Na’vi, despite Stephen Lang’s return as Avataris the villainous anti-Na’vi, Colonel Miles Quaritch.

Recently, Cameron promoted more than The way of the watervisuals leading up to its December release. An official 3D clip was screened at China Film Group in August, while concept images and artwork of Pandora’s underwater environments were unveiled at the 2022 D23 Expo.

The 4K reissue of Avatar is now in theaters. Avatar: The Way of the Water will be released on December 16.

Source: The Times UKvia Variety