James Cameron confirms ‘Avatar’ theatrical re-release in the summer

There have been rumors flying around for a little bit about the possibility, but here’s what he said:

“We’re working on finishing an additional six minutes of the film — which includes a lot of Weta work — for a theatrical re-release in August…So we’re going to wait until there’s a time to come back in, inject the new footage into the mix and see if we can interest people in the ‘Avatar’ experience in theaters.”

Yeah, it’s not much, so if you were expecting huge additions you’re only going to be getting 6 minutes.  Which on a film that’s already this long, I’m not sure I’d even notice 6 extra minutes.  I’m all for another theater release of this film, and the chance to see it once more on the big screen in 3D, but it just feels…greedy.  The Blu-ray release is stripped down (no special features or anything, just the film), to accommodate an Extended Edition in November, and now the announcement of a second theatrical run.  Instead of being a fan service, it feels way too much like a money grabbing attempt.

Let’s face it, it’s going to make money with a second release (many people going back just to see the extra 6 minutes).  I just wish they wouldn’t promote it as “we’re doing it for the fans”.  Now for those of you more interested in what he had to say about the sequel, I won’t leave you in suspense.  Cameron wants to explore the oceans of Pandora, he says:

“Part of my focus in the second film is in creating a different environment — a different setting within Pandora…And I’m going to be focusing on the ocean on Pandora, which will be equally rich and diverse and crazy and imaginative, but it just won’t be a rain forest.”

He also talked about exploring other worlds in the system near Pandora…but that would be something for the third film, in his planned trilogy.  Fans Avatar have plenty to look forward to, but I just hope you’ve got some deep pockets.