Avatar fans can look forward to a double whammy of content these next few months.
In addition to the long (long, long) awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water coming out in winter, the original Avatar is also being screened for a limited two-week run from today (September 23) in cinemas to refresh audience’s minds on what exactly went down in the blockbuster original.
But wait, that’s not all: hidden in the film is a post-credits teaser for the sequel, which has promptly sent the internet into meltdown.
Though there’s not been a lot of detail about what exactly this scene includes, it’s rumoured to come directly from the film – and viewers have been reporting a runtime of potentially ten minutes.
The original Avatar has also been remastered and will be screened in 4D HDR (basically: very, very high definition) – and now that it’s being released in more territories, more information on the additional scenes will be sure to follow.
Avatar: The Way of Water (which will be out in December) has big shoes to fill: the first film, which came way back in 2009, boasted cutting-edge 3D technology and went onto become the largest-grossing film of all time.
And director James Cameron has been hard at work dropping teasers for what we might be able to expect, 13 years down the line.
In addition to shootingthe entire film in 3D – a move that has been praised by critics – he has said that “you won’t be able to predict” the sequel.
“What people hate the most is to go and see a movie and say, ‘Oh… predictable,’” he told IGN recently. “This is not predictable, I don’t think. I defy anybody to predict where this story goes."
The film, which will see the return of stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver alongside new faces such as Kate Winslet (who apparently broke the free-diving record on set), Jermaine Clement, Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.
But the journey to the big screen wasn’t easy: in another interview with the Times, Cameron said that he’d worked on the script for The Way of Water for a year – before throwing it out and starting again.
“All films work on different levels. The first is surface, which is character, problem, and resolution,” he said. “The second is thematic. What is the movie trying to say? But Avatar also works on a third level, the subconscious.”
“I wrote an entire script for the sequel, read it, and realized that it did not get to level three. Boom. Start over. That took a year.”