James Cameron has once again become the king of the box office with ‘Avatar: The Sense of Water’, a second installment that came 13 years after the first became the highest grossing film of all time -a title that it still holds today-. More installments will arrive soon and now its filmmaker has revealed what is the secret weapon of these sequels.
“I had to do it“
Cameron himself commented at the time that he threw a first version of ‘Avatar 2’ into the trash because it did not have all the elements he was looking for and he also equated the work of making this second installment with ‘The Lord of the Rings’, something in which that has been extended more now in a talk with Time in which he has compared himself with Tolkien and Peter Jackson when designing the following four installments:
I was trying to pretend I’m Peter Jackson doing Lord of the Rings, but Lord of the Rings doesn’t exist yet, so I have to be Tolkien and create Lord of the Rings, and then I can be Peter Jackson. A bit cheeky and ambitious, but he wasn’t adapting a great pantheon of books that were out there. I had to do it.
However, Cameron had to admit that he needed help, since he had an immense amount of material -initially there were some 1,300 pages of annotations that he ended up reducing to 800-, for which reason he organized a room of scriptwriters in which all those involved except one had something in common: experience in television series. And it is that Cameron’s secret weapon is to approach the narrative of a television season, that is, that each installment feels complete but serves as a preview of what will come next:
We are not only in the game of sequels, we are also in the game of sagas.
In ‘Avatar 3’ it is clear that the revenge Due to something that happens at the end of the second installment, he will play a fundamental role and I am sure that he also has something prepared in that film for the fourth part. A separate question is to what extent it has really left the viewer with the need to check it, but if something has become totally clear, it is that you should never bet against Cameron.
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