James Cameron discusses his scrapped Avatar 2 script

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Avatar 2 was not always The Way of Water. In fact, the sequel to the box-office juggernaut Avatar originally had a very different plot – and you can soon see that story play out, just not in cinematic form. After James Cameron scripted the 130-page sequel, titled Avatar: The High Ground, he decided to scrap the idea of transforming the story into a movie. 

"We were noodling around," he tells (opens in new tab), featuring Avatar: The Way of Water on the cover. "I was working with a team of writers. We had a lot of ideas. We kept trying to corral it into a box, and it never quite fit. So at a certain point, I said, ‘I’ll just finish it, and see if it’s a movie.’ I did. It came out, I think, at 130 pages. It was like, ‘Man, this is a great story. This is a hell of a read.’ 

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That's just a snippet of our huge interview with Cameron and his cast, featured in (opens in new tab) (and digital devices) this Thursday, November 10. Meanwhile, Avatar: The Way of Water opens in cinemas around the world on December 16. 

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