The world of Pandora is coming back to the big screen in Avatar: The Way of Water and director James Cameron couldn’t be less worried about the trolls.
The original Avatar was a box-office mega hit, quickly earning the title of highest-grossing film of all time. Over its theatrical lifetime, it has made over $2.84 billion. However, no success story is without its detractors.
Avatar: The Way of Water marks the first of four planned Avatar sequels, arriving 13 years after the original. While Avatar garnered as many critics as fans, director James Cameron says he’s not worried about the “trolls” ahead of the sequel’s release.
James Cameron Terminates Trolls
Speaking to Empire ahead of the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, which is due to hit theaters this December, director James Cameron revealed he’s not worrying about any online backlash.
Talking about some of the hate Avatar received, the director appeared dismissive of trolls’ complaints. As he put it:
“The trolls will have it that nobody gives a s*** and they can’t remember the characters’ names or one damn thing that happened in the movie. Then they see the movie again and go, ‘Oh, okay, excuse me, let me just shut the f*** up right now.’ So I’m not worried about that.”
James Cameron also touched on the film’s hefty runtime. While Avatar was a lengthy 160 minutes, The Way of Water is looking likely to run for about 3 hours.
However, Cameron made it clear he had no time for complaints from viewers who are happy to sit and binge-watch multiple hours of television on streaming services. He told Empire:
“I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours. I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonisingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a f***ing break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row. Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.”
The director makes a good point that the way people are watching content is shifting and perhaps, alongside binging hours of shows like Stranger Things, audiences should be more open to longer films. And if you need to go pee halfway through, you officially have James Cameron’s blessing.
Here is the synopsis for James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water:
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 kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.
Directed by James Cameron from a script he co-wrote with Josh Friedman, the seuqel stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kate Winslet.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters on December 16, 2022. Stay tuned for the latest news on the upcoming film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.