The holiday movie season is getting closer, and people are getting more excited about Avatar: The Way of Water. A recent says that the upcoming sequel, directed by James Cameron, will run for about 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Even though 20th Century Studios or Lightstorm Entertainment haven’t said for sure if the run time is correct, it matches what Cameron said earlier this year. “I don’t want people to complain about length when they binge-watch TV for eight hours,” he told Empire Magazine in an exclusive interview. “This part of the review is almost ready to go. “The three-hour movie is so long that it hurts…” It’s like, give me a break, man. I sat and watched my kids watch five one-hour shows in a row. Here’s the significant change that needs to happen in society: it’s okay to get up and go to the bathroom.
With a possible running time of 3 hours and 10 minutes, Avatar: The Way of Water will be one of Cameron’s longest movies for the big screen, just behind Titanic, which ran for 3 hours and 14 minutes. The first Avatar runtime was in theatres for 2 hours and 42 minutes, so the sequel has a chance to fully embrace Pandora’s immersive nature and give the story a more robust sense of scale. It remains to be seen if people can sit through the long runtime. But if the response to the first movie is any indication, likely, many fans won’t mind staying in Pandora a little longer than they did in the first movie.
With the hit film finally receiving its long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water will center on Jake Sully, and Neytiri and their family combating the return of the RDA and encountering the Metkayina clan while exploring the beautiful oceans of Pandora. While specific plot details on the film remain under wraps, more information will likely be revealed as the upcoming sequel’s marketing campaign spearheads its December release. With 13 years of development and production for the long-awaited sequel, it won’t be too long before audiences finally get to return to Pandora and re-experience the sense of awe and wonder that resonated with them from the first film.
Avatar: The Way of Water splashes into theaters on December 16. Check out the official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel below.