Watch: Jon Landau delves into the environmental message of Avatar: The Way of Water
Avatar: The Way of Water producer Jon Landau said he believes the franchise’s strong environmental message has the potential to “inspire” audiences.
Director James Cameron’s first Avatar film, in 2009, had ecological issues at its heart and the sequel The Way of Water puts the relationship between humanity and nature in the foreground.
“I think initially, when we were making the first Avatar, it was something the studio had to be convinced wasn’t a bad thing,” Landau told Yahoo UK of climate change on screen.
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He added: “What we’ve tried to tell them is that we have a responsibility to tell stories that have social themes.
“If you look back at classic literature, whether it’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin or To Kill a Mockingbird, those are stories that have influenced society’s views on things. We can do that in movies too, but first we have to entertain.
“I think Avatar proved that we can entertain but we can still inspire. Avatar: The Way of Water is a continuation of that.”
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Landau said she believes the prominence of environmental issues in Avatar may have had a real impact on how people perceive the effects of climate change.
He added, “We want to play an ongoing role in awakening people to the issues facing our world. Those issues are environmental, those issues are social, and I think Avatar: The Way of Water touches on both of those things.”
The Way of Water follows Na’vi couple Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) as they make the difficult decision to flee their village with their young family to escape the menace of Quaritch (Stephen Lang) and “the sky “. people”.
They attempt to find refuge with the Metkayina, a clan of Na’vi who live in and around water, having a unique connection to the ocean, despite that group’s misgivings.
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Landau said, “The Sullies in these films are refugees, seeking safe haven with a clan of people who don’t want to accept them.
“We have a force with machines and weapons invading a society, for what reason? Out of greed? These are all things that are important topics to discuss today.”
As for the future, Landau said there’s a clear “roadmap” for three more Avatar sequels, not necessarily be able to surpass The Way of Water’s epic scale.
He said, “I don’t know if we can go much further than this story. This story has it all. It has character growth. It has character sacrifice. It has character loss and journey and emotion.
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“We want to do that in all of our movies, whether it’s Titanic or Avatar or Avatar: The Way of Water. We hope to continue that in all sequels.”
Avatar: The Way of Water is in theaters and IMAX from December 16th.
Watch: Trailer for Avatar: The Water Way