I See You and We See an AVATAR Re-Release with Extra Footage, Two Possible Sequels, and TITANIC in 3D

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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.

avatar_movie_poster_final_01.jpgIn 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.

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  • IllusionOfLife

    Can't Cameron give it a rest already? You've made your point, Cameron, it's the best selling movie of all time, every studio and their sister is jumping on the 3D bandwagon now, but seriously, move on! The movie was entertaining, I'll give you that, but it's far from the second coming of Christ like everyone's treating it. Sit down for 10 more years and find another few movies to rip off then top your profits again. But until then, give some other (better) films a chance to actually make money. Sheesh!

  • http://twitter.com/benaiahnewton Ben Newton

    The last thing Avatar needs is an even longer running time.

  • 3D guru

    Didn't cameron openly criticize Clash of the Titans producers for trying to get on the 3D wave and how unorthodox for him was the process of converting a 2D picture into 3D after the completion of the editing Process, but now he says it's okay for a Titanic 3D release.

  • Welling4Superman

    Kate Winslet in 3D nuddie goodness!

  • PSKnapp

    I liked Avatar, even though I admit it's not the most original, some of the dialogue was forced, and is wasn't the best acted movie. It was entertaining and it was what Cameron does: make a movie experience. I'll likely even get the Blu-Ray when it comes out (but doubt I'll try to justify upgrading to 3D). That said, I think the movie should stand alone. I'll wait to reserve final judgement, but I don't see where sequels (that are being created because of the popularity of the original) can add to the story (such as it is).

  • Stuart

    if Avatar gonna be longer it needs a consesion / restroom break in the middle. bring back that old “lets go out to the lobby” jingle.

  • BiggerHeart

    Thank you for bringing your vision to the world James, et al.

    people without vision can close there eye(s)

    To people who love to talk smack, how much creativity have you brought to the planet?

    Or for that matter, if you think it isn't a work of art, make something better.

  • IllusionOfLife

    Was the movie good? Sure, I'll give you that. Was the movie worth watching? By all means. Was it art? Not unless the definition of art suddenly changed. In order for something to be art it needs to transcend whatever individual elements it is comprised of; when it comes down it it, Avatar was, and always will be, nothing more than pretty pictures.

    As for making something better, I plan to, but unfortunately we can't all walk into a studio and walk out with a $150 Million contract just by saying our names. But that's beside the point. My point is that Avatar has overshadowed many other, better films, that deserve all the acclaim that Avatar is getting much more than Avatar itself does. I enjoyed the movie, but I have a problem with the fact that it's stealing the thunder from much more artfully made films.

  • BiggerHeart

    OK this was not directed to any one person. I currently work at a large movie theater where it is still playing, and I have been watching public reaction to this movie and many other movies over the years. Just as people treat other people in the workplace, it is a weaker tendency to find fault in others, rather than to encourage the positive.
    Art is a poor choice of words, I think comparing it to a myth as in Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey or a retelling of a powerful story to revitalize the human spirit.

  • Guest

    G-R-E-E-D

    Have no intention of seeing this film – ever.

  • dimebag

    avatar is a really good movie.. visual effects are stunning.. story is also really good.. but it is plain.. u can always predict where the story is about to go.. the only thing that really keeps u on the edge is what fantastic landscape or creature ur about to see next.. the story lacks the depth that would have made for an even better watch.. if hes gonna do a part 2 he should really look into that… but it is a really good movie.. taking nothing away.. the best thing to come out of avatar is however the technology.. which i hope is put to good use…

  • HarHar

    hahahaahahahahhahaa you people can waste your time hating on Avatar but the fact is that James Cameron is making biiiiiiiiiillllliiiiioooons while you waste time on saying how it was bad or it was ehh or blah blah blah so wasssssssup now!!!!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ david

    I agree with what Governor Arnold says in Golden Globe that if you're not watcing this movie yet so you're the only one in the world who not watching this movie.
    Hate Hate Hate,i hate hearing people saying that he hate Avatar and saying that this movie is bad.
    I say whoever say Avatar is not a good movie,tell it to every people in the world who allready spent more than 2.6 billion dollars for watching Avatar including me in the other side of the world.
    sorry for my bad English

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ david

    I agree with what Governor Arnold says in Golden Globe that if you're not watcing this movie yet so you're the only one in the world who not watching this movie.
    Hate Hate Hate,i hate hearing people saying that he hate Avatar and saying that this movie is bad.
    I say whoever say Avatar is not a good movie,tell it to every people in the world who allready spent more than 2.6 billion dollars for watching Avatar including me in the other side of the world.
    sorry for my bad English

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  • Shin3

    Ive never watch avatar until few months ago, my friends were watching it on DvD.

    When I first watch its trailer back in 2009…I says wow…thats AION and Final Fantasy (both games with stunning graphics, and all the idea on the avatar trailer are already there on those games – some flying rock mountain, woods scenery and Tree of life) merged with some story – which should be nothing special because of its only about 2 hours long, so i dont even bother watch it…even all my friend really recommend me about this mov.

    and if 2nd or 3rd movie release in 2014 or 2015, I wouldnt ever bother to watch, cause, there will be nothing special – IMHO.

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