One could be forgiven for thinking, after 13 years, that a Avatar the sequel would never see the light of day. James Cameron went off and did other things; he moved to New Zealand, he experimented with farming, he might never have come back to film. Then he said he returned to make more Avatar movie — four of them! – but they kept getting pushed back. Year after year, the promised sequels were delayed again and again. Many people gave up hope.
Well, the first of four potential sequels, Avatar: The Way of Water, is finally scheduled to hit theaters next month. And an indication that this movie really is what is happening this time is that it has just received its official rating from MPAA. They rated The Way of the Water PG-13 “for sequences of strong violence and intense action, partial nudity and some strong language.”
It matches the original’s PG-13 rating Avatar received – although it was assessed for somewhat different reasons. In that case, Cameron was given a PG-13 for “intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking.”
So how do the two films differ? Well, for one thing, you’re not going to see anyone smoking on screen The Way of the Water. (You almost never see anyone smoking in American movies anymore, unless it’s some kind of period piece, and even then it’s rare.) Both movies have violence, but Avatar had “epic fight sequences” while The Way of the Water apparently only has “intense violence” and “intense action,” suggesting that the settings may be a little more intimate (and a little less like a sci-fi war movie) than last time. And while the original Avatar had “sensuality,” this one supposedly has “partial nudity.” Make of it what you will.
Avatar: The Way of Water is slated to open in theaters on December 16.