Is Avatar: Home the Half-Sequel That'll Change Blockbusters Forever?

In the past couple weeks, Avatar's been like that bad pizza from last night's drunken bender: You loved it at the time, but now it just won't stay down. Last week we found out that its DVD/Blu-ray release was going to help save the Earth, but even that pales in comparison to what we're hearing this morning about Avatar: Home. It's the sequel you're having when you're not having a sequel -- the "added value" theatrical re-release that'll cut back on the war scenes, play up supporting characters, and ensure James Cameron and Fox clean up every one of those hundreds of millions of dollars left on the table by moviegoers around the globe.

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin to promote the upcoming disc release, Cameron and producer Jon Landau cautiously let slip a few things about why you'll want to see Avatar in cinemas again -- even though you already own it on disc. For one thing, it's now to be known as Avatar: Home, and it's a direct challenge to his naysayers and those who think 3-D has to be applied to everything hitting multiplexes. As quoted in Der Spiegel online, the conversation revealed:

"We're going with the 170-minute running time, which is the maximum for IMAX, but there'll be 55 minutes of previously unseen footage in there," Cameron said. "You'll actually be seeing less of the battles and we're not going to be re-releasing in 3-D." Given the proliferation of 3-D films in the past few months in the wake of Avatar's success, it was a revelation that provoked gasps from the European press contingent.

"I've heard the criticisms about the action focus and the spectacle coming at the expense of everything else, and I want people to see that this is about the characters and the story first and foremost," Cameron continued. "What you'll get in Avatar: Home is more about Pandora's ecology and how it reflects what we risk losing here on Earth. It's deep stuff and people need to dig into it. The 3-D distracts from that, as immersive as it is. To that end, we've cut down the war sequences to accommodate the message."

But the changes to Avatar: Home are also meant at ensuring the sequel is as anticipated as any film could be. Cameron explained: "The other major thing is that we spend about 12 minutes going 10 years into the future, so we see how Jake adjusts to life on Pandora - how he copes with being one of the few of his species, the problems he and Neytiri have conceiving a hybrid-hybrid baby and the ongoing role Dr. Grace Augustine's spirit has in guiding the planet. She's like Obi-Wan, I guess, though she'll be dressed better! Basically, it takes us up to the point where we begin Avatar 2, with Jake unable to hide that he wants off Pandora, that he needs to get back into his old skin and into the fray. So, the re-release constitutes and essential bridge between the two films."

Excuse us, and this is developing, but holy crap! Count on Avatar: Home to see Cameron's opus ride out the year as it began it: atop the box-office.


  • Matthew DH says:

    okay, I'll admit I didn't understand the absolute rage Avatar has started in certain pockets of the internet but after reading this, I totally get it.
    I'll probably go see this but cutting out the 3D, that just broke my heart.

  • Ndege says:

    I was at the presser in Berlin. In my mind.

  • Kent says:

    Obviously an April Fool's prank. Sad thing is, I want to see the version described here.

  • Jason Glugla says:

    I think P.T. Barnum would've loved Cameron even more than he loves himself and have been forced to adopt him.

  • Brendan says:

    Haha! April fools! Good one. Wish this were a real idea except for cutting the 3D. The reason they are thinking about re-releasing it is because they took a hit on 3D sales when newer films started coming out. I hope they do a full re-release in Real D, with added scenes, because I have a lot of friends who haven't seen it and are desperate to see it in 3D, but its not on any screens anymore!

  • Fred says:

    Science fiction has been my favorite genera since the 60's. Some of the stuff we saw in Star Trek is now a reality ie., flip phones, digital integration, other solar systems, etc. I look forward to an Avatar trilogy. The first three Alien movies were ok, but when it got to Alien Resurection & Alien vs Predator, I had to get my puke pail. Science fiction should maintain a continuity with the past, and a reasonable perspective with the future.

  • Jarrod says:

    This was a great April Fool's gag - pretty much had me except the original German article mentions nothing to do with an Avatar sequel or a re-release. Still. I WOULD pay to see a re-released extended cut in 3D.