Avatar Director James Cameron spent 13 years working on the sequel to the first film, and prior to its premiere, he wanted to make sure he understood why the film was as successful as it was.
avatar, which came out in 2009 is the highest-grossing film of all time, at more than $2.8 billion at the box office, and pressure was high for Cameron to perfect a sequel that would live up to the legacy of the original film.
Cameron told The Times UK“When I sat down with my writers to begin avatar 2, I said we can’t do the next one until we understand why the first one did so well. We need to crack the code of what the hell happened.”
He added that there was a sort of trifecta of success that: Avatar perfected: “Well, all the movies 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.”
The science fiction fantasy film starring Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington managed to captivate the world’s subconscious, according to Cameron, and that is why it became so successful.
And why the film continues to do so well. Avatar was re-released on Friday, September 23 in high dynamic range 4K remastering, giving viewers the opportunity to re-watch the film in both 2D and 3D in theaters for a completely enhanced experience.
Outside of the reissue, Avatar: The way of the water will be in cinemas from December 16, 2022 and the Titanic director said he waited a long time before even thinking about the sequel.
“I think I could have made a sequel two years later and bombed it because people had no relationship with the characters or the direction of the film,” Cameron said. My personal experience goes like this: I made a sequel called ‘Aliens’, seven years after the first movie. It was very well received. I made a sequel called ‘Terminator 2’, seven years after the first movie. of more, in revenue, than the first film.”
He added that he has written an entire script for the sequel to… Avatar but eventually he threw the whole thing out and started again.
“I was a little concerned that I had stretched the chain too far, in our fast-paced, modern world, with Avatar 2 coming in 12 years later,” said Cameron. “Until we dropped the teaser trailer and we got 148 million views in 24 hours. There’s that scarcely seen but astonishing principle, which is, “Wow, we haven’t seen that in a long time, but I remember how cool it was back then.” Does that work in our favor? I don’t know. I think we’re going to find out.”
Avatar: The way of the water should undoubtedly be one of the biggest releases of the year, costing a whopping $250 million to make, featuring groundbreaking special effects and underwater film technologies. Zoe Saldana returns as Neytiri, along with Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch.
In addition, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet star in the film.
News week contacted a Cameron representative for comment.