Jeff Sneider, critic and columnist for LA Magazine, has appeared on one of the podcasts he collaborates with to report that there is already a first cut of Avatar 3 circulating around. According to his sources, James Cameron would have presented to Disney a first version of the third part of the saga and he would have done it in the last few weeks. Considering the anticipation with which Cameron works, it would not be strange, especially when the director has not stopped boasting that he has already shot scenes of Avatar 4. The news is not in the existence of this first cut, but in its duration.
According to Sneider, Avatar 3's first cut is 9 hours long and would have caused a slight disagreement between Cameron and Disney. Although all films go through several edits that ostensibly reduce their length, the director would have asked the company to have the special effects of the 9 hours before discarding anything. "He's insisting on doing the [visual effects] for this cut, so that all 9 hours get fully VFX'd, then he'll cut it down. Rather than figuring out what he wants and having them just do the VFX for that," explains the reporter.
Cameron wants Avatar 6 and 7
If things work out and one of the parties compromises and consents, the production plan will continue. For the time being, this is the schedule the franchise is working with:
Despite being 5 years away, Cameron has also let slip during promotional interviews for The Way of Water that he wants a sixth and seventh installment, even if they are no longer with him at the controls. If the world wants them, there will be, "I'd be 89 by then." "Obviously, I'm not going to be able to make Avatar movies indefinitely, the amount of energy required," he explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "I would have to train somebody how to do this because, I don't care how smart you are as a director, you don't know how to do this."
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