After the term of Avatar: The Way of Water some time ago in the focus of some rumours stood, has The Hollywood Reporters now officially confirmed how long you will really see the sequel in cinemas. Director James Cameron’s film surpasses the three-hour mark. Specifically, the duration of Avatar: The Way of Water is around 190 minutes – including credits. So that’s the sequel again a bit longer than the original from 2009.
Avatar 2 should be shorter
Fox officials apparently wanted something, according to an interview with Cameron shorter sequel have – with a runtime that corresponds to the predecessor (161 minutes). But that was out of the question for the director, as he opposite New York Times told: “The studio felt the film should be shorter and too much flying around. However, it turns out that’s what viewers liked most – in terms of polling and data collection.”
“And that’s where I drew a line and said, ‘You know what? I made Titanic. This building where we’re meeting right now. This half-billion-dollar complex on your property? Titanic paid for that — well can I do that.'” The running time of The Way of Water doesn’t quite crack that of titanic (194 minutes) -, however, is ahead of the duration of Avengers: Endgame (182 minutes).
Running time was already an issue for James Cameron
As early as July 2022, the Avatar director has one comment cast about viewers finding The Way of Water too long. “Get the fuck off of me with that,” said Cameron back then, among others. He drew comparisons with streaming services where users watch series for hours. We have the complete statement in our Report summarized for you.
Source: Hollywood reporters