James Cameron isn’t any stranger to recutting his personal films, nevertheless it looks as if Avatar: The Means of Water gained’t be getting that therapy, regardless of just a few rumors on the contrary. Whereas Avatar 2 has dominated the field workplace since its Dec. 16 launch, producer Jon Landau says theater-going audiences are seeing the definitive model of the movie.
One of many inciting incidents for these rumors got here from Cameron himself saying how he’d prefer to make two variations of a film sooner or later, a streaming model that runs on for six hours, and a theatrical model that’s nearer to 2 hours. However Landau has some clarification for that too, together with this updates on an Avatar 2 director’s reduce.
“I believe Jim is seizing on alternatives for different tales with two completely different cuts — the thought could be that you just construct a bigger, epic narrative that may final six hours, and also you pull a two-and-a-half-hour film out of it,” Landau informed Polygon in an interview. As for The Means of Water or 2024’s Avatar three getting prolonged cuts, Landau merely mentioned, “We don’t have the quantity of content material to try this.”
Contemplating Avatar: The Means of Water is such an effects-driven film, it’s no shock that there aren’t a ton of superfluous scenes that add to the film. And something extra that hasn’t already been labored on by the movie’s CGI group would love take loads of money and time to supply. On high of that, Avatar 2 is already a reasonably lengthy film, clocking in at three hours and 12 minutes, so an prolonged reduce would get awfully near the typicaly size of a miniseries.
However simply because the Avatar 2 director’s reduce rumors have been squashed, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from spinning up on the third film already. Based on Jeff Sneider on The Sizzling Mic podcast, Cameron handed in a nine-hour tough reduce of Avatar three and requested for Disney to finish each VFX shot in order that he may edit a whole image. Even when that’s true, it appears extremely unlikely that the ultimate model of the third film would clock in anyplace near that, it’s an fascinating rumor that might definitely lend gasoline to a future “launch the Cameron Minimize” hearth.
Including to this gasoline is Cameron’s personal historical past with director’s cuts, together with Aliens, the place he added again in some crucial scenes, which add backstory for protagonist Ridley and assist tie the remainder of the film collectively. However given Cameron’s monitor file of success, and Avatar: The Means of Water seemingly poised to take a run on the all-time field workplace crown, it’s onerous to think about anybody’s questioning James Cameron an excessive amount of at this level.