REPORT: James Cameron Has an Epic Cut of ‘Avatar 3’ in the Can

How long can James Cameron make Avatar 3? If a new report is to be believed, the director’s latest attempt would keep audiences in their seats for quite some time. While speaking on this week’s episode of his industry insider series The Hot Mic, Jeff Sneider dropped the wildly intriguing tidbit that Cameron recently handed in a cut of his untitled Na’vi threequel that spanned a whopping nine hours in length. If that wasn’t enough, the veteran filmmaker reportedly also wants to keep the cut and finish the entirety of it’s VFX before any effort is made to shorten it’s runtime in the editing room.

The Avatar franchise has earned a reputation for producing long films, with 2009’s debut entry clocking in at two hours and forty-one minutes and this month’s Avatar: The Way of Water hitting three hours and twelve minutes. Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo (We Will Make A Cinema), a Bangladeshi project from 2019, holds the record for longest non-experimental film ever put in theaters at twenty-one hours and five minutes. While Avatar 3‘s nine hours are a far cry from that, they’re still probably a bit much for the average theatrical audience, and it should be expected that the movie will be cut down significantly. However, considering how confident Cameron is seemingly feeling about his full-length sequel, this report may indicate viewers are in for another three-plus hour experience in 2024.

Avatar: The Way of Water is now in theaters, and Avatar 3 has – obviously – already been filmed. If both of these movies find success, Cameron has up to five more sequels conceptualized and ready to enter production. There is no report on how long Avatar 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 may be.

Source: The Hot Mic

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