James Cameron threw an `Avatar 2` script that he wrote in an year

Filmmaker James Cameron said that before `Avatar: The Way of Water` there was a full `Avatar 2` screenplay that was written and then thrown into the trash.

It turns out that at least an entire year of the 13-year gap between 2009`s `Avatar` and 2022`s `The Way of Water` was spent on a screenplay that will never see the light of day.

“When I sat down with my writers to start `Avatar 2,` I said we cannot do the next one until we understand why the first one did so well,” Cameron told The Times UK, report `Variety`.

“We must crack the code of what the hell happened.”

Cameron and his team came to the following conclusion: “All films work on different levels. The first is surface, which is character, problem and resolution. 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 realised that it did not get to level three. Boom. Start over. That took a year.”

During an appearance on `The Marianne Williamson Podcast` last year, Cameron elaborated more on this third level that he believes allowed `Avatar` to become the highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office.

“There was a tertiary level as well… It was a dreamlike sense of a yearning to be there, to be in that space, to be in a place that is safe and where you wanted to be,” Cameron said.

“Whether that was flying, that sense of freedom and exhilaration, or whether it`s being in the forest where you can smell the earth. It was a sensory thing that communicated on such a deep level. That was the spirituality of the first film.”

Cameron revealed in the same interview that he nearly fired his `Avatar` sequel writers because they were initially so dead set on creating new stories as opposed to figuring out the DNA that made the first movie a record-breaker.

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“When I sat down to write the sequels, I knew there were going to be three at the time and eventually it turned into four, I put together a group of writers and said, `I don`t want to hear anybody`s new ideas or anyone`s pitches until we have spent some time figuring out what worked on the first film, what connected, and why it worked`,” Camerons said.

“They kept wanting to talk about the new stories. I said, `We aren`t doing that yet.` Eventually I had to threaten to fire them all because they were doing what writers do, which is to try and create new stories.”

“I said, `we need to understand what the connection was and protect it, protect that ember and that flame`.”

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