James Cameron explains runtime of upcoming Avatar sequel that clocks in at more than three hours


James Cameron explains runtime of upcoming Avatar sequel that clocks in at more than three hours

  • The 68-year-old director in the latest issue of Total Film coming out on Thursday said the runtime for Avatar: The Way Of Water was due to the sequel’s emphasis on character 
  • The sequel follows Jake Sully [Sam Worthington] and Neytiri [Zoe Saldana] who have five children after falling in love in the original film 
  • Avatar: The Way Of Water is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 16 
  • The 2009 film Avatar during its theatrical run became the highest-grossing film of all time and has earned $2.9 billion at the worldwide box office 

James Cameron has revealed the reason for the long runtime of his Avatar sequel that clocks in at more than three hours.

The 68-year-old director in the latest issue of Total Film coming out on Thursday said the runtime for Avatar: The Way Of Water was due to the sequel’s emphasis on character.

‘The goal is to tell an extremely compelling story on an emotional basis,’ Cameron said in an interview for the magazine’s cover story.

Runtime reasoning: James Cameron, shown in February 2020 in Los Angeles, has revealed the reason for the long runtime of his Avatar sequel that clocks in at more than three hours

‘I would say the emphasis in the new film is more on character, more on story, more on relationships, more on emotion. We didn’t spend as much time on relationship and emotion in the first film as we do in the second film, and it’s a longer film, because there’s more characters to service. There’s more story to service,’ he added.

The sequel follows Jake Sully [Sam Worthington] and Neytiri [Zoe Saldana] who have five children after falling in love in the original film.

‘People say, ”Oh my God, a family story from Disney? Just what we want…” This isn’t that kind of family story. This is a family story like how The Sopranos is a family story,’ Cameron clarified.

Zoe, 44, and Australian actor Sam, 46, also commented on the new family dynamic in the sequel with Jake and Neytiri as parents.

Going strong: The sequel follows Jake Sully [Sam Worthington] and Neytiri [Zoe Saldana], shown in a still from Avatar, who have five children after falling in love in the original film

Going strong: The sequel follows Jake Sully [Sam Worthington] and Neytiri [Zoe Saldana], shown in a still from Avatar, who have five children after falling in love in the original film

They are ‘compromised on a much deeper level,’ said Zoe.

‘When you have children and you care for their welfare, different emotions creep in,’ she added.

Sam was more straight-forward and said, ‘They’re the parents from hell if you have a go at their kids!’

Character driven: 'I would say the emphasis in the new film is more on character, more on story, more on relationships, more on emotion. We didn’t spend as much time on relationship and emotion in the first film as we do in the second film, and it’s a longer film, because there’s more characters to service. There’s more story to service,' said Cameron, shown in 2009 on the set of Avatar

Character driven: ‘I would say the emphasis in the new film is more on character, more on story, more on relationships, more on emotion. We didn’t spend as much time on relationship and emotion in the first film as we do in the second film, and it’s a longer film, because there’s more characters to service. There’s more story to service,’ said Cameron, shown in 2009 on the set of Avatar

Their relationship gets tested by their children and challenged even more by the return of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) to exploit the oceans of Pandora.

Avatar: The Way Of Water is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 16. Avatar 3 has completed principal filming and is scheduled for release on December 20, 2024. Subsequent sequels are scheduled to be released in December 2026 and December 2028.

The 2009 film Avatar during its theatrical run became the highest-grossing film of all time and has earned $2.9 billion at the worldwide box office.

Popular film: The 2009 film Avatar during its theatrical run became the highest-grossing film of all time and has earned $2.9 billion at the worldwide box office

Popular film: The 2009 film Avatar during its theatrical run became the highest-grossing film of all time and has earned $2.9 billion at the worldwide box office

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