LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Director James Cameron attends the "Avatar: The Way Of Water" World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on December 06, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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James Cameron Reveals How His Approach To Writing the Avatar Movies Has Changed
"Avatar: The Way of Water" is just as much about teens finding their agency in a watery paradise as it is an action blockbuster. Most notably, Cameron has aged 13 years since the release of "Avatar," and now seems less interested in telling raucous stories of young people falling in love and fighting revolutions and more interested in relatable family dramas.
Cameron said as much in a recent conversation he had with Robert Rodriguez, printed in the pages of Variety. Cameron revealed that he wrote the first draft for "Avatar" long enough ago that he was only just then a parent for the first time and wasn't giving much thought to living with teenagers, or indeed to the ongoing concern of married adulthood.
"I wasn't thinking about being a husband, father, family guy or any of that stuff,” said Cameron. “But sitting down in 2012, I said, 'What story do I want to tell?' Of course, I'm going to go back to Pandora — I'm going to go back to Jake and Neytiri. And it's like: What if Romeo and Juliet didn't die? What if they married and had kids, and they had a family, and they had to think about something besides each other?"