James Cameron’s kids don’t share his love for the 2009 blockbuster avatarconfesses the famous director.
But the filmmaker says his family grew to love Pandora just in time for this week’s release Avatar: the way of the waterwhich will be followed by three more sequels.
“I have five [kids]they are all of different ages and they are not necessarily big fans of the former avatar. “That’s Daddy’s thing,” you know what I mean. But they do like the new movie,” Cameron told Yahoo UK (see above).
Read more: James Cameron explains HFR technology avatar2
Perhaps that’s because the long-awaited new sequel is more “kid-focused.”
As Cameron, 68, explains: Away from the water focuses not only on returning heroes Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), but also on their relationship with their children. Fifteen years after the events of the first film, Jake and Neytiri are now the parents of sons Neteyam (Jamie Flatters) and Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), as well as daughter Tuk (Trinity Jo-Li Bliss) and adopted teenage daughter Kiri (Sigourney Weaver). recurring in double roles).
The story follows the Sully family as they flee their home in the wake of the newfound threat from Quaritch (Stephen Lang) and the other “sky people,” with parents and children adjusting to a new life with a seafaring tribe called the Metkayina.
“It’s more aimed at children, and I don’t mean that in any offensive way [it’s for] 7 year olds. This is about teens and that deeply anxious, kind of chaotic time in our lives,” says Cameron. “I remember it from when I was that age and I remember it as a father from when my kids were that age… I wanted to write about it.”
Read more: Sigourney Weaver has read everything avatar follow-up scripts
Cameron said he wanted to not only tell the story from “the father’s perspective,” but also gain insight into how the young characters felt.
“One of the unexpected swerves is we just leave in the middle of the movie and follow Lo’ak and Kiri. Jake and Neytiri diverge for a bit, but then everything comes back together in act three,” says Cameron.
Cameron deliberately chose not to summarize the main plot points of the original film The way of the water.
“Even if you don’t know or remember the details of what happened in the first movie, this is kind of its own story, so I’m not too concerned about it,” says the director.
Read more: Worthington and Saldana on their return to Avatar Shooting
With the addition of younger characters to it The way of the water comes a roster of cast members who were very young when the first movie dominated Hollywood and became the highest-grossing movie ever.
Trinity Bliss – the youngest of the newcomers, as Tuk – was born in the same year avatar hit screens, but has since formed an intense bond with the material.
“My whole family had gone there. They loved it and I later heard all their experiences, but the first time I finally watched it was auditioning,” she says.
Bliss adds, “I watched the movie over and over again. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful world of Pandora. It became one of my favorite movies and still is to this day. When the re-release came out , I watched it three times in one week – once IMAX, twice 3D.”
Read more: The CGI boundaries were pushed Avatar: the way of the water
Bailey Bass joins the cast of The Way of Water as Tsireya – a young member of the diving Metkayina Na’vi clan to whom the Sully family takes refuge.
“I remember my mother watching [the first film] in the living room and I saw glimpses but didn’t really understand what was going on,” she says. “I was 6 when it came out and 8 when I saw those little clips.
“When I was 12 and they flew the last people to audition to LA, we sat in a room and watched it in 3D.”
Jack Champion, who plays human teen Spider in the film, is now 18 and said he remembers “glimps” of avatar from his youth.
“When I heard I was auditioning for avatar2, I obsessively watched it for about a month straight. I was just locked in tunnel vision.
Read more: The first reactions to De Weg van het Water are full of praise
“I got to the point where I corrected Jim about things. He said ‘Can we get a Banshee?’ And I was like, ‘It’s actually called an ikran.’ He said it wrong.”
Presumably Cameron’s kids haven’t quite reached Champion level yet, but maybe that will change later The way of the water.
Avatar: the way of the water opens Friday.
Watch the trailer: