Director James Cameron revealed to the British newspaper The Times that he spent a year working on a complete script for “Avatar 2,” which, after completion, was thrown in the trash.
“When I sat down with my writers to start ‘Avatar 2’, I said we couldn’t do the next one until we figured out why the first one did so well,” Cameron said. “We need to crack the code of what the hell happened.”
Cameron and his team came to the following conclusion: “All films work on different levels. The first is the surface, which is the character, the problem and the resolution. The second is thematic. What is the film trying to say? ‘Avatar’ also worked on a third level, the subconscious. I wrote an entire script for the sequel, read it and realized I hadn’t gotten to level three. Boom! Start over. It took one year”.
This script was completely abandoned for the creation of a new story, which won the title of “Avatar: O Caminho da Água” and will hit theaters in Brazil on December 15th.
Cameron had already mentioned the “third level” and the process of writing the new film in more detail when he participated in “The Marianne Williamson Podcast” last year.
“There was also a third level … it was a dreamlike feeling, the desire to be there, to be in that space, to be in a safe place,” Cameron said at the time. “Whether it’s flying, that feeling of freedom and joy, or being in the woods where you can smell the earth. It was a sensory thing that communicated on a very deep level. That was the spirituality of the first film.”
Cameron revealed in the same interview that he nearly fired the writers of the “Avatar” sequel because they were initially determined to create new stories rather than discover the DNA that made the first film a record.
“When I sat down to write the sequels, which would have been three at the time, before turning into four, I assembled a group of writers and said, ‘I don’t want to hear anyone’s new ideas or discussions until we have spent some time figuring out what worked in the first film, what’s connected and why it worked, ‘”Camerons said. “They kept wanting to talk about the new stories. I said, ‘We’re not doing this yet.’ In the end I had to threaten to fire them because they were doing what writers do, which is trying to create new stories. We need to figure out what the story was. connection and protect it, protect this ember and this flame. ‘”