The countdown to the release Avatar: The Way of Water has begun. Despite being over a little under 6 months away, however, the film is still shrouded in mystery…but that seems to be changing every day.
Last week, you might recall both Kate Winslet and Sigourney Weaver‘s characters being revealed. This is partly due to Empire‘s exclusive coverage for its forthcoming issue. In addition to speaking with both actresses though, the outlet also spoke to director James Cameron.
In the interview Cameron talked about one very surprising topic: the film’s runtime. When asked about the original film’s 3 hour theatrical version, the Academy Award winner confirmed that the current version (still being worked on) has a similar runtime. Being the most commercially successful director of all time, Cameron made it clear that he could care less about what people think about the film’s length.
He said, ‘“I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours. “I can almost write this part of the review: ‘The agonisingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a f*cking break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row.”
He added that society needs to normalize going to the bathroom during a movie. He said, “Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.”\
Keep in mind the film will continue to be adjusted until its release in December. The final cut could be much shorter or much longer. We’ll just have to see.
You can check out the full interview with even more details about Winslet and the film in Empire’s Avatar issue, which will be available next week on July 7th.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits theaters December 16, 2022.