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James Cameron announces dispute with studio over first Avatar movie

There’s no denying that James Cameron is a master of cinema. It wouldn’t even be unreasonable to say that he even rivals Steven Spielberg at times. After all, the director has a number of box-office hits under his belt.

Long before avatar (2009) became the highest-grossing film of all time, with which James Cameron made waves titanic (1997), the theatrical adaptation of the real-life 1912 sea disaster, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as equally hapless lovers aboard the New York liner.

Jack saves Rose from jumping overboard on Titanic
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And even before that titanic Cameron has topped the box office after earning over $1.84 billion worldwide Foreigner (1986), the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic, and then Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), another sequel that is widely considered superior to its predecessor.

Needless to say, he’s one of the most successful film directors of all time, and it’s likely that this year will be long awaited Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) will be another milestone at the box office for Cameron. But not everything went smoothly for the director.

Zoe Saldana as Neytiri (L) and Sam Worthington as Jake Sully (R) in Avatar
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In a recent interview with The New York Times, the avatar The director recalled a dispute with 20th Century Fox over the original 2009 film, with the dispute centering on its lengthy running time and a number of scenes involving flight sequences.

According to Cameron, avatar Impressed viewers at test screenings, but at the same time 20th Century Fox wanted to shorten the film’s running time of 2 hours 41 minutes. But as Cameron reveals, he wasn’t happy with the studio’s demands and had to remind them of his past successes.

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Here’s what Cameron said:

“I think I felt at the time that we were fighting about certain things. For example, the studio felt the film should be shorter and that there was too much flying around on the Ikran – the people who call banshees. Well, it turns out that’s what audiences loved most as far as our exit poll and data collection goes. And that’s a place where I just drew a line in the sand and said, ‘You know what? I did Titanic. This building that we’re meeting in, this new half-billion-dollar complex on your property? The Titanic paid for it, so I get to do it.’”

It goes without saying that Cameron had every right to assert himself. Apparently, avatar has long been a passion project for the director, and the same goes for the franchise as a whole, as he has since become involved in a further four films in the series.

In fact, he created such a rich world in Pandora that we can only live in hope that one day he will direct it war of stars Film and show the distant galaxy in ways never seen before!

Sam Worthington as Jake Sully (L) and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri (R) in Avatar
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios

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avatar also came to life at Walt Disney World Resort in the form of the Pandora – The World of themed land avatarwhich includes experiences such as Na’vi River Journey and Avatar: Flight of Passage, the latter being inspired by the film’s flight sequences.

Fans of the franchise will also soon be able to explore Pandora in an even more virtual environment than Disney World’s attractions in the titled first-person open-world adventure game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (TBA) is expected to hit shelves sometime in the next year.

Check out the official trailer Avatar: The Way of Water under:

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Returning from the original 2009 film are Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), CCH Pounder (Mo’at), Giovanni Ribisi (Parker Selfridge), Joel David Moore (Dr. Norm Spellman), Dileep Rao (Dr. Max Patel) and Matt Gerald (Corporal Lyle Wainfleet).

Two other actors also set to return are Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, who will star in Dr. Grace Augustine and Colonel Miles Quaritch play avatar, respectively. This time around, however, Weaver will star as the teenage Na’vi daughter of Jake and Neytiri, while Lang will play a Na’vi version of his previous character.

Avatar 2 The Way of Water
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios via YouTube

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New additions to the Na’vi are Cliff Curtis (Tonowari), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam), Jeremy Irwin (Young Neteyam), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak), Chloe Coleman (Young Lo’ak), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey), Bailey Bass (Tsireya), Filip Geljo (Aonung), Duane Evans Jr. (Rotxo) and Kate Winslet (Ronal).

New human cast members include Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Edie Falco (General Ardmore), Michelle Yeoh (Dr. Karina Mogue), Brendan Cowell (Captain Mick Scoresby), Jemaine Clement (Dr. Ian Garvin), Oona Chaplin ( Varang) and Vin Diesel and CJ Jones in undisclosed roles.

Avatar 2 The Way of Water
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios via YouTube

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As per the 20th Century Studios description, here is the synopsis for Avatar: The Way of Water:

Avatar: The Way of Water takes place more than a decade after the events of the first film and begins to tell the story of the Sully family, the troubles that follow them, the efforts they make to protect each other, the battles , in which they struggle to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

Avatar: The Way of Water will be released in theaters on December 16, 2022 in Dolby Cinema, IMAX and IMAX 3D. avatar 3, 4 and 5 will be released on December 20, 2024, December 18, 2026 and December 22, 2028 respectively. The original avatar will be re-released in theaters on September 23.

Are you a fan of James Cameron’s films? And do you think avatar It’s too long? Let us know in the comments below!

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