James Cameron has water on his brain.
Not literally, just his love for the ocean.
That’s evident in his upcoming film, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the sequel to his 2009 Oscar-winning hit.
Cameron spoke to CNN’s Jason Carroll about how the film, which will hit theaters in December, is different from the original.
“I thought it was very emotional,” Cameron said of the sequel. “I think it’s more emotional than the first movie. I think it focuses more on character dynamics and relationships than the first movie did, but it definitely delivers on spectacle. ”
“Avatar” will be shown in theaters again on Friday, and Cameron said he’s excited about it.
“There’s an entire generation that can only watch it on stream, or blue ray if people still do it, so it’s an exciting prospect to get people back into theaters,” Cameron said. “And it’s more trendy now than ever as movie theaters have taken a beating like that over the past few years.”
Of course, he’s referring to the way movie theaters have struggled during the pandemic.
“Avatar” is the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing over $2.8 billion at the box office. Entertainment industry observers are watching closely to see if the Cameron sequel can lure people back to Pandora – and to theaters – again.
“We did a lot of research on the idea of a franchise or a legend that was shown on many films and the film itself was very expensive to make. And so even though we might make a lot of money, we might not be profitable and you’re not doing something unprofitable in the long run,” Cameron said.
The new film is directed by a fascination with ocean life.
“I love the oceans,” he said. “I was passionate about the ocean before I even met the ocean. I learned how to scuba dive in the Canadian countryside.”
The “Avatar: The Way of Water” actors had to adapt to acting underwater, and he said that after rehearsing, stars Kate Winslet and Sigourney Weaver could hold their breath for up to six or seven minutes.
Revisiting the fictional Na’vi in a new story is a thrill for Cameron, even as he continues to celebrate the first film.
“’Avatar’ was a unique beast at the time because it started creating a world and then you lived in that world,” he said. time.”