The King of the World himself, James Cameron, dropped a few bombshells in an interview with USA Today including plans for an Avatar re-release and a release date for Titanic 3D.
“We might be re-releasing [Avatar] this fall,” Cameron said. “It’s kind of gotten stomped out (in theaters) because of Alice in Wonderland. The word we’re getting back from exhibitors is we probably left a couple of hundred million dollars on the table as a result. The question is the appetite still going to be there after the summer glut of movies. We’re going to assess that. We’re talking about maybe adding in additional footage and doing something creative.”
Hit the jump to read about some of that additional footage and to find out exactly when Titanic 3D is going to hit theaters.
In the extensive interview, Cameron talks about the process of converting 2D movies to 3D and says “We’re targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3D version of Titanic), which is the 100 year anniversary of the sailing of the ship.”
In relation to the Avatar re-release, The Hollywood Reporter says that it in August, and would most likely contain several deleted scenes including another one of Jake Sully proving himself to the Na’vi and a Na’vi party in which Tsu’tey gets drunk.
The same article also says that the maximum length for an IMAX film is 170 minutes. So, though Cameron has roughly 40 minutes that he could possibly put back into the film, Avatar‘s runtime is already 162 minutes. But, if the film is re-released in non-IMAX theaters, Cameron could add all the footage he wanted. Only the analog IMAX screens have a limit because of the size of the print and the way it’s projected.
Avatar has already grossed $2.6 billion worldwide and $712.5 million domestically making it the highest grossing movie of all time by a wide margin. It experienced its biggest percentage drop this past weekend because Alice in Wonderland took up most of its 3D screens. Those screens accounted for about 80% of Avatar’s domestic box office and because attendance in non-IMAX 3D screens rose this week, it seems people are still seeking the film out.
Cameron feels like there will be a 2D home release of the video sometime between April and May followed by a 3D Blu-ray version in the near future. The Hollywood Reporter also says that “Cameron and Fox also are in discussions about one or two sequels to Avatar that would use many of the digital ‘assets’ that were created for the original. There is no script or deal in place, but the filmmaker and studio have indicated that it is something they would like to do.”
Long story short, if you are a fan of Avatar, Jake Sully and his Na’vi pals won’t be going anywhere for a long time to come.