After its original release, Avatar may have been the highest-grossing film of all time, but that does not mean that the journey to get there was smooth. Despite James Camerons unquenchable box office record, he still faced a studio executive in trying to keep his favorite scenes from the film.
Cameron spoke with the New York Times about the sometimes tense editing process for Avatar before the films' re-release and the December sequel to Avatar: The Way of Water.
Cameron said the studio felt that the film should be shorter and that there was too much flying around on the ikran, which the human beings refer to as the banshees. And thats where I said, "I made Titanic."
The executives of 20th Century Fox complied, and the stunning flying sequences helped propel the film to a worldwide box office total of nearly $3 billion.
Cameron added that afterward, the couple thanked me. I feel that my job is to protect their investment, often against their own judgment. But as long as I protect their investment, everything is forgiven.
Cameron is content with the scenes that made it to the final segment of Avatar, and still stands by the film's quality (even though he hopes to surpass it with his next film).
When you're editing a film, you have to fight for every frame that stays in, according to the author. But there's still something awful about the times when things are different today.
On Friday, December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will open in cinemas.