Just a month before the film gets a theatrical re-release, James Cameron's Avatar was removed from Disney+. This is being promoted by Disney in order to boost the buzz surrounding the sequel to Avatar: The Way of Water, which has been in development for over a decade and is finally coming to cinemas this December.
The Way of Water is no longer available for Disney+ subscribers, so far. The decision to remove the classic is likely to increase the likelihood that more people will go to theaters.
In 2009, Avatar became the first film to surpass the $2.8 billion mark at the international box office, taking over Titanic's position as the greatest release ever, with $2.2 billion. So, its easy to see why Disney is hoping The Way of Water will become another huge box office success, losing a few spots to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Dileep Rao, CCH Pounder, and Matt Gerald will return to Avatar: The Way of Water, according to Cameron. She is also developing the sequel with Jon Landau, who co-wrote the script for the first film in the franchise.
Cameron directed a third untitled Avatar film back to back with Avatar: The Way of Water, while also composing the narratives for the fourth and fifth films. All four Avatar sequels are part of a larger story Cameron wants to tell, but since the fourth and fifth films haven't been released yet, their fate hinges on the success of Avatar: The Way of Water.
Avatar: The Way of Water will be released in cinemas on December 16 and the re-release of Avatar will be released on September 23. No word yet on when Avatar will return to Disney+. So, for the time being, get your tickets for the re-release.
Below you can see the trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water: Avatar: The Way of Water: