If you are a fan of Avatarsyou have long known that the saga has been traced back to avatars 5 . But one thing not so well known is that there is something that separates Avatar: The Path of Water Y avatars 3, from avatars 4 Y Avatars 5.
In an interview with Variety, revealed screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver how the story writing process led to some surprises that forced them to expand the story.
All this happened because in 2013, franchise director James Cameronhas decided to bring together all the authors of the next installments of Avatar: Josh Friedman (snowpiercer) and Shane Salerno (Armageddon) he wrote avatars 4 Y avatars 5 respectively, and talked about every idea they had in mind for the future of the film series.
The director did this so that the team was in sync and the decisions made by the writers for film 2 were informed and related to the events that unfolded or bore fruit in films 3 and 4.
However, almost immediately, they realized there was a problem with it avatars 2as Silver explains:
“From the beginning, one of the challenges, I’ll say it was a delightful challenge, was that there was too much material. (…) Carrying this load was always a problem in terms of getting the first act of that first film moving, and there was a huge amount of material there.
So some time after we started writing, Cameron called us and said: “Look, we have too much material. We’re going to split it into two movies.'”
Open Pandora’s Box
The “too material” piece may have been an understatement. As they started working on the ideas, Cameron sent the writers folders of plans and thoughts that she jotted down over the years which amounted to about 800 pages of informationsomething they ended up calling “Pandora-pedia”.
Also, Silver and Jaffa had the hard work of reintroducing Pandora and the Na’vi to new and returning audiences.
So in a movie they should update the audience on what happened on Pandora over the last 14 years, present to the children of Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), explore new territories and new species of Na’vi and more. It was way too much, even for a three-hour movie.
The writing duo also explained that sequels to Avatar were meant to be adventures that could stand on their own and yet have a connection to each other.
However, due to Jaffa and Silver’s idea being split into two films, avatars 3 (which is 95% shot) will feel more like a direct sequel with lots of connections to Avatar: The Way of Waterwhile avatars 4 Y avatars 5 will be more independent.
The film clearly underlines the environmental theme: “Yes,” Sam explained to Clarín. “That message is more important now than it was 10 or 13 years ago. My generation is like apologizing and saying ‘look, we don’t know where the world is going, but we know it’s in trouble.’ They have to find a way to help the planet or else it will cease to exist.”
And Zoe observes, “I think the theme is going to be in every take and it’s not going to be a sermon but it’s going to be very impressive.”
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.