Cameron Started Avatar 2 Again After Abandoning First Script

Director of Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron started Avatar 2 again after abandoning his first script.

Jake Sully in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. ©2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

James Cameron started Avatar 2 again after abandoning his first script. The director of Avatar: The Way of Water revealed this is one of the reasons the sequel took so long in a recent interview with The Times. However I’m not 100% sure I see where Cameron is coming from on his logic. First, the quote.

“When I sat down with my writers to start Avatar 2, I said we cannot do the next one until we understand why the first one did so well. We must crack the code of what the hell happened,” Cameron said, noting that “all films work on different levels.” 

“The first is surface, which is character, problem and resolution. The second is thematic. What is the movie trying to say? But Avatar also works on a third level, the subconscious,” Cameron explained. “I wrote an entire script for the sequel, read it and realized that it did not get to level three. Boom. Start over. That took a year.”

Okay, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there is a fanbase of Avatar nerds out there that love the lore. Maybe there are people who find it the most beautiful and original story they’ve ever seen. However the vast majority of people I have ever spoke to feel the same way about Avatar. Jim, the reason the first movie did so well was because of the 3D VFX, which to this day have not been equaled in any movie, despite the 3D craze that sprung up.

Avatar was a movie I’m glad I watched in theatres, because it was a great night out. However, the overwhelming view I hear from friends, colleagues and online, is that when folks watched Avatar at home, the movie was bang average. Take Ferngully, Dances with Wolves and merge them into a sci-fi movie set on another planet. That’s about as complex as Avatar ever gets.

I truly believe Avatar: The Way of Water will do crazy numbers at the box office. People will once again show up for the experience. However, unless the story is much better than the first movie, I’m not sure the audience will still be there by the time we get to ‘Avatar 5: The Quest for Mo’ Money’ (now with smellovision). Though, I’ve been wrong before.

What do you think of the news James Cameron started Avatar 2 again after abandoning his first script. Is there anyone out there who loves Avatar just as much in standard 2D format? Is anyone really excited for Avatar: The Way of Water? Let us know below.

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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