James Cameron Reveals Why ‘Avatar 2: Way of Water’ Is ‘Exclusively’ For Theaters

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James Cameron has directed the first two Avatar films and created the world of Pandora.

Some movies (such as Jurassic World: Dominion and Top Gun: Maverick) are simply meant to be seen on big cinematic screens. Others, like animated movies or dramas, can be watched on television at home without the viewer losing any sort of bonuses in the movie-watching experience. One of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2022, the Avatar sequel Avatar: The Way of Water, is apparently going to be non-negotiable when it comes to movie tickets — at least, according to Avatar director and creator James Cameron!

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Avatar 2 Image Credits: 20th Century Fox

An alluring teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water has already been released, and four scenes from the new sequel were recently shared during Disney’s portion of a CineEurope event. After showing the scenes from the movie (which is now in post-production before its December release), director James Cameron and Avatar producer Jon Landau made a few statements.

According to Deadline, James Cameron specifically said the Avatar team was “pushing the limits even further”. “Every shot is designed for the biggest screen and highest resolution possible,” he added, making it clear that a theatrical screen is best for the movie and anything less just won’t do.

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“I believe the audience wants this,” Cameron continued. He also seemed confident in the return of theatrical releases (which were hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as many movies were released directly onto streaming services instead), saying that “we as an industry are not going away.”

One of the reasons why this Avatar sequel is designed to be on screen is due to the underwater setting. A large portion of the movie (as suggested by the movie’s title) is set in an oceanic setting with lots of underwater sequences. Kate Winslet (who plays the mysterious character Ronal in the movie) actually broke Tom Cruise’s record for holding one’s breath underwater while filming her scenes!

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Kate Winslet enters the world of Pandora in a new role for Avatar 2 : The Way of Water.

Apparently, viewers who do head to theaters for the film can truly appreciate a higher level of footage (even though the first Avatar movie was already renowned for its CGI and its beauty). The underwater scenes are particularly impressive. “My colleagues within the production really lobbied heavily for us to do it ‘dry for wet,’ hanging people on wires,” Cameron has explained previously. “I said, ‘It’s not going to work. It’s not going to look real.’ I even let them run a test, where we captured dry for wet, and then we captured in water, a crude level of our in-water capture. And it wasn’t even close.”

Are you excited to see the new Avatar sequel after it has languished for years in pre-production — and to rewatch the first movie in theaters beforehand, too?


About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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