James Cameron Compares 'Avatar' Franchise to 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy

In a recent interview with Empire, director James Cameron talked about the long-awaited sequel ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’raising our expectations when comparing the production with the acclaimed trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’.

“What did I say to the Fox at the time it was: ‘I will do [a sequência], but we have to play a more ambitious game. I don’t just want to make a film, and make another film, and make another film. I want to tell a bigger story,’” he said. “I said, ‘Imagine a series of novels like ‘Lord of the Rings’, and we are adapting it’. Now, that was great in theory, but then I had to create the damn novels to adapt them.”

But Cameron wasn’t sure he would return to the universe of ‘Avatar’. He even admitted that he was hesitant to try to expand on the first film’s story.

“I had to think more if I really wanted to do another ‘Avatar’, because it was ours,” he explained. “When you’ve done something that was transcendental in terms of success, do you really want to try it again? There’s a lot of pressure. I thought about it for a couple of years, until we closed the deal.”

Cameron has been developing the sequels for over a decade. The studio has announced four sequels to ‘avatar‘, with two of them already filmed and the other two awaiting the results of the box office. The filmmaker shot the two films back-to-back due to the way the scenes needed to be captured.

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During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tony chambershead of global film distribution for disneysaid the sequel will not only revitalize 3D, it will also transform the moviegoing experience.

“In an age where people are used to staying at home and watching content on streaming platforms, anything that encourages them to go to theaters should be positive for us and the industry at large. What we do is about delivering a quality experience that is renewed with each endeavor. If what we do is done well, people will want to come back, again and again. Our aim withavatar 2‘ is not just that people love 3D again, but that they’re excited about the movie-going experience.”

the producer Jon Landau also participated in the interview and added:

“We believe 3D creates a more immersive experience in our storytelling. We don’t use 3D as a world coming off the screen. We use it in a way that the world can enter the screen. We need the movie screening community to support this, and understand that we are competing with different technologies than what is in people’s homes.”

The premiere in national cinemas takes place in December 15th.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water‘ begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their children), the problems that accompany them, the efforts they make to stay safe, the battles they fight for survival and the tragedies they endure.

Directed by Cameron, the film stars Zoë Saldaña, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Winslet.

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