( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) The Highest-Grossing Movie Will Returns to Theaters Thirteen Years Later
ENSPIRE Contributor: Perry Merse Jr.
Moviegoers will touch down on Pandora again, with Avatar being re-released to theaters on September 23. The Academy Award-winning film was revolutionary in its 2009 debut, heavily using CGI throughout its runtime. The director James Cameron originally wrote the “scriptment” in 1995 but didn’t finish the entire script until 2006, instead waiting for technology to advance enough to allow him to execute his vision. Cameron currently has 4 other movies in progress, with the second installment, Avatar: The Way of Water projected to release on December 16. Seeing that the original was released thirteen years ago, it begs the question: why wait until now?
The answer is contained within the very nature of James Cameron himself. Speaking with AP News, James Cameron explains his adventures since the release of Avatar, “Deep ocean research. Building submersibles. Writing four epic movies.” As a child, Cameron grew up in the small town of Kapuskasing, Canada, surrounded by the wilderness. It is Cameron’s fascination with the natural world and the unknown that has driven him to perfect the film series. Cameron has gained a reputation for exploration from his dive into the depths of the Marianas Trench in 2013 inside a submersible he constructed himself called the Deepsea Challenger. The Challenger’s descent into the depths of the trench is very similar to Avatar’s plot. Heading into the unknown world of Pandora, Jake Sully explores the new environment as one of its natives, the Na’vi people.
Avatar has also given Cameron a chance to voice both his concerns and his interests, as the film makes use of breakthroughs in CGI and motion capture to tell a story of climate change, colonialism, and the destruction of natural habitats. These themes are all too relevant today, as climate change has been pushed further on the political agenda and seen success through the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, which was really a climate bill in disguise.
Besides giving newcomers a chance to see the film for the first time and a refresher for the original fans, Cameron seeks to make use of technological advances to show Avatar “better than it’s ever looked” remastered in 4K and HDR, before the release of Avatar: The Way of Water.
Watch the trailer below: