James Cameron and Fox are in discussions about re-releasing “Avatar,” primarily in 3D theaters, in late summer — and, tantalizingly, with additional scenes that had been left on the cutting-room floor. By tantalizing I mean “arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or mockingly out of reach” because I certainly will not be going to sit through it again. I appreciated the effot and the brilliant visual aspects and that is about it. The impetus for a re-release is the feeling that, even though “Avatar” is the highest-grossing movie of all time, producers could have raked in even more money.
Cameron had said that he had 10-12 minutes of extra scenes that he cut and could quickly put through postproduction and have ready to add to a director’s cut for a theatrical reissue or as an extra on the DVD release. One scene has to do with Jake Sully’s avatar proving himself to the Na’vi people; the other involves a native festival during which tribe member Tsu’tey gets drunk. I think he should have kept more sex scenes between Sam Worthingtom and Zoe Saldana. I hear blue movies are still popular. Especially online.
As we have already been told over and over again, James Cameron’s Avatar sailed passed James Cameron’s TITANIC to become the highest grossing movie of all time. The film also has grossed $1.9 billion outside North America for a total of about $2.6 billion. However, at a cost of $500M, Avatar garnered only three minor Oscars. It’s the costliest project to produce such little results since the Obama stimulus package.
Avatar has also come under attack from a number of politically conservative and religious organizations since it came out, but any time one of those organizations has the opportunity to soapbox they will try. I can just imagined the outrage: “How dare Cameron say it is wrong to plunder natural resources and colonize native communities! And don’t get me started on depicting marines as the bad guys. That is just sick. Billy Bob and I pray that evil hollywood director will come to his senses and repent his sins.”
Yeah, because ANY film that shows a building (or bigass tree) falling down is clearly an offense to the victims of 9/11. Stretch much?