James Cameron reveals that the long reported runtime of over three hours of Avatar The Way of Water is due to the film focusing more on his character’s stories. The 2009 sequel to Avatar sees Cameron reunite with cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang to continue the story of the planet Pandora. Avatar: The Way of Water sees Jake Sully (Worthington) and Neytiri (Saldaña) journey to the oceans of Pandora with their family, amid the rumblings of an ancient sleeping evil awakening, as well as the return of human forces from the RDA, and their genetically modified agents Recombinant Na’vi Avatar.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Cameron explained why Avatar: The Way of Water has a long runtime of over three hours, revealing that the new sequel’s story needed more time to explore the cast. Although Cameron avoided spoiling the story of Avatar 2, the director said the sequel places more emphasis on his character compared to the original film, with returning members and new cast members needing more time to be cast. properly developed. Check out Cameron’s full response below:
The goal is to tell an extremely captivating story on an emotional basis. I would say the focus in the new movie is more on character, more on story, more on relationships, more on emotion. We didn’t spend as much time on relationships and emotions in the first movie as we did in the second movie, and it’s a longer movie because there are more characters to serve. There is more history to serve.
Cameron’s explanation is a promising sign for Avatar 2
With Avatar: The Way of Water exceeding the original 2009 film’s runtime of 2 hours, 42 minutes by at least 20 minutes, the sequel led many potential viewers to discuss the sequel’s length and they would be willing to venture into theaters to see the film. Although Cameron has previously defended runtime as it relates to changing audience viewing habits, the director’s latest response may help justify some why Avatar: The Way of Water may be worth watching. in theaters beyond groundbreaking effects. With Jake and Neytiri back with their kids and a whole new area of Pandora to explore with its own set of characters, the sequel promises to not just be a retread of the first film, but rather expand the universe in new ways. , with the longer runtime promising to help properly explore its narrative.
Despite its long runtime promising potential in-depth exploration of its cast, there’s still a lot of pressure hanging over Avatar: The Way of Water when it comes to the franchise’s potential future. While Avatar has three upcoming installments tentatively slated for release through 2028, the second film is currently expected to fall short of Avatar’s box office receipts, leaving it unclear if the franchise could still be successful after a such a long interval between installments. Despite the uncertainty, however, Cameron assured that the story of the third film could be reworked to serve as a conclusion to the franchise should the second film bombard the box office and lead to the cancellation of Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, giving the series a good resolution.
While Avatar was a box office hit when it was released, many wondered if lightning could strike twice for Cameron’s sci-fi world with Avatar: The Way of Water. While the original film’s spectacular visuals created a world that captivated audiences, Avatar has faced much criticism in recent years as to whether the franchise’s characters and story have stood the test of time. time and remained memorable, leading many to wonder if there was any point in seeing the story continue. But while Avatar 2’s final length is currently undecided, Cameron’s promises that the longer film will feature a story with more emphasis on its characters could avoid similar criticism, defining itself firmly in pop culture and creating a tale that captivates audiences.
Source: Games Radar
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