Canceled Avatar 2 script: 132 pages, Zero Gravity Battle, new title

James Cameron revealed in September that he spent a whole year writing an “Avatar” sequel that ended up being thrown in the trash. What exactly was this sequel? The filmmaker finally revealed details about the canceled Avatar movie to Total Film magazine, including its official title: Avatar: The Higher Ground. The discarded screenplay was well over 100 pages.

“I worked with a team of writers. We had a lot of ideas,” Cameron said. “We kept trying to put it in a box, but it never quite worked. So at a certain point I said, ‘I’m just going to finish it and see if it’s a movie.’ I did. I think it came out at 130 pages. It was like, ‘Man, that’s a great story. This is one hell of a read.’”

“Avatar: The High Ground” was dropped because “it was missing one of those critical elements of a sequel, which is that it didn’t do enough of the unexpected,” explained Cameron. “It also didn’t play enough with the ‘avatar’ rules, which are meant to connect us to the dream world, which has a spiritual component that we can’t even quite put into words. It checked every other box, but it didn’t check this one.

Cameron and his team took some elements from Avatar: The High Ground and peppered them into the sequel that was eventually used, Avatar: The Way of Water and an upcoming third Avatar film. He also turned the elements that didn’t get used to it into a graphic novel out December 6th.

“There’s some great stuff in there,” Cameron said. “I mean, you let the Na’vi fight with bows and arrows in zero-g. I mean I’m here! I want to see this movie. But it just didn’t deliver enough of the overall story and thematic goals I had in mind. So let’s turn it into a Dark Horse graphic novel. You can see the inter-fight that took place between film one and film two.”

“Avatar The Way of Water” opens in cinemas nationwide on December 16th. Canceled Avatar 2 script: 132 pages, Zero Gravity Battle, new title

Charles Jones

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