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question of the day: What extra scenes would you *really* like to see in the extended version of ‘Avatar’?

James Cameron is not through sucking the money right out of your bank account. You’ve already made Avatar the moneymakingest movie ever at the box office (unadjusted for inflation, of course, because no one wants to say that Scarlett O’Hara kicks Na’vi ass). You’ve already made the DVD and blu-ray the biggest selling release ever. So course Cameron plans to rerelease the film this summer, with new scenes we haven’t seen yet (via Sci Fi Wire):

The emphasis of the additional scenes would be to add more to the world of Pandora and the Na’vi that James Cameron created. “I will tell you thematically what we’d like the [scenes] to touch on,” [producer Jon] Landau said. “We’d like them to touch on some of the backstory that we did not have time to address. We’d like them to touch on exposing people to a little bit more slices of the world of Pandora that they might not have seen, and we’d like to have a little bit more action in there in a couple spots. It’ll be a variety of things that deliver on the variety of things that people responded to in the film.”

After that, naturally, will come the DVD/blu-ray release of the extended version of the film, which will, of course, include extra extra additional scenes not seen in the extended theatrical release:

“Look, we have the backstory about the schoolhouse and what went on with Sigourney there, some more of Jake training on the world of Pandora, some more stuff at night on the world of Pandora, some added beats in the battle sequence at the end,” Landau said.

What extra scenes would you really like to see in the extended version of Avatar?

Obviously, at some point, we can expect to see the Na’vi nookie scene (even if Cameron has to go back and shoot it himself — that’s how much he loves you). But what else do we need? Wanna know how Jake’s brother ended up dead? How Jake was paralyzed? Why Giovanni Ribisi’s character is such a little shit? What they served for lunch in the Pandora mess on that one day when something exciting happened?

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  • RyanT

    Just looking forward to seeing it on IMAX 3D. I haven’t done it yet because it was always sold out or I was too busy. So looking forward to the re-release no matter what form it takes.

  • aquila6

    I want to see Earth.

  • marshall

    Thanks for posting this. I want to own the movie on blu-ray, but now I know to wait for this. heh.

  • markyd

    Ya know…I liked the movie quite a bit when I first saw it. Story and dialog were crap, but the rest was pretty awesome.
    I’m slowly turning to the dark side, though.
    First, there was all the thinking I did about said crappy dialog. Then I did some thinking about how utterly mediocre Sam Worthington was in the movie.
    Then we have the “way too early” home video release. They really should have waited until Nov/Dec. to release anything for the home.
    Now there’s a theater re-release coming? Come ON. Isn’t the world just entirely sick of Avatar yet?
    I did not buy the blu last week, and I will not go back to the theater for some unnecessary extended scenes. I WILL buy the Blu-Ray when a proper release happens, with whatever extras they tack on.
    Too many gullible people out there.

  • Hank Graham

    I wanted to see Jake Sully remove a thorn from the hand of the colonel, thus cementing a lifelong friendship.

    It wouldn’t be too hokey for this movie.

  • Martin

    I’d like to see a few scenes that makes the human’s plight seem more sympathetic. It would give Jake’s decision to fight with the Na’vi more weight.

    I want to see the plight of the ordinary ‘innocent’ people of Earth, struggling to get by with a shortage of resources. Yes, it’s an evil corporation being all corporation-y but there has to be a good moral reason for them to be there or else I might as well look forward to seeing Captain Planet in the cut footage.

    Otherwise, I’ll just watch District 9 again…

  • AlsoKT

    I wanna see how Trudy weaseled out of an arrest and into a prison guard assignment.

    I’d like to see a few scenes that makes the human’s plight seem more sympathetic. It would give Jake’s decision to fight with the Na’vi more weight.

    And, yes, this. Really, anything to give Jake some actual conflict would be welcome. Humanity can’t be that evil and the Na’vi can’t be that perfect, you know?

  • MaryAnn

    I want to see the plight of the ordinary ‘innocent’ people of Earth, struggling to get by with a shortage of resources.

    Yeah, I’d *love* to see what Earth looks like at this point. I’m think it’s pretty *Soylent Green*y.

  • Kenny

    I want to see the plight of the ordinary ‘innocent’ people of Earth, struggling to get by with a shortage of resources.

    I thought it was interesting that Jake’s brother, a respected scientist, just got shoved in a furnace in a cardboard box with only his twin to see him off. That seemed fairly grim.

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