After a thirteen-year wait, audiences will soon be able to experience Avatar: The Way of the Water in cinemas. For those who are awaiting new footage from the movie, it will arrive this Wednesday. In the meantime, The Hollywood Reporter has obtained information on the film’s potential runtime, which, as expected, is very long.
James Cameron doesn’t make short movies, and his first Avatar film was 162 minutes long. The movie was re-cut twice, with a 171-minute special edition and a 180-minute extended cut. However, The Way of the Water will be longer than that, and run at an epic 191 minutes. It’s slightly shorter than Cameron’s Titanic, which ran at 195 minutes, but still very long.
This year, many high-profile films have gone over the two-and-a-half hour mark, including Matt Reeves‘ The Batman, S.S. Rajamouli‘s RRR, Andrew Dominik‘s Blonde, and, most recently, Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Damien Chazelle‘s Babylon will also run at three hours and eight minutes. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon to have movies that are longer than two-and-a-half hours (especially in regards to Indian films), but it’s always exciting to see a blockbuster filmmaker fully embrace a runtime and a studio is so confident in their product that they will put it out in the market untouched. Time will tell if Avatar: The Way of the Water will draw audiences the same way the first movie did when it releases in theatres on December 16.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter