It has been confirmed that unused scenes from the original beginning of Avatar: The Way of Water will instead be used for the first act of Avatar 3, director James Cameron confirms. Despite the 13-year gap between the first and second instalment of James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, the third instalment has been slated for a 2024 release, making the new gap only two years.
Cameron has been incredibly vocal over the years that the initial delay was due to the technology he desired and needed for the sequel just not being available, with modern cinema technology now giving him the ability to work on his Avatar saga as he originally envisioned.
In a recent Q&A interview during a showing of Avatar: The Way of Water, Cameron revealed that scenes from the sequel that were set during the 15-year gap between the first two movies were cut from the movie. Cameron also revealed that these scenes will now be used for the first act of Avatar 3, confirming that the third instalment will feature flashback scenes set in between Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water.
Thanks to the Twitter user @PandoranVault, run by @Bigboxman8, you can watch James Cameron confirm the news via video footage from the Q&A session.
Cameron tells the questionnaires that the original first act of Avatar: The Way of Water “was just too jam-packed, dealing with the first – reiterating with the first movie, dealing with the 15 years in between the first story and the second story, then launching a new conflict and introducing a bunch of new characters, it just never worked. Until, finally, I took a big chunk – out of act 1, and stuck it into act 1 of what will be movie 3 [AVATAR 3], and then it all fell into place – after that”.
James Cameron also assures the fans that he and the people over at 20th Century Fox were both in agreement that the decision to feature these flashback scenes in Avatar 3 was the best choice possible going forward. Cameron even gives credit to the executives who greenlit, not only the sequel, but future instalments as he tells the audience it was a “bold play”, and with the success of the sequel, plans don’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
Avatar: The Way of Water is currently streaming on Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus.