Entertainment Movies James Cameron Doesn't Want Audiences 'Whining' Over 'Avatar 2' Length: 'They Binge-Watch TV for 8 Hours' The first of four sequels in the Avatar franchise is set to hit theaters on Dec. 16 By Bellamy Richardson Bellamy Richardson Instagram Editorial Intern, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 6, 2022 02:20 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Gabriel Olsen/Getty; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation/Kobal/Shutterstock The new Avatar sequel is three hours long — but director James Cameron doesn't want to hear any complaints. "I don't want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours," Cameron, 67, recently told Empire. "It's like, give me a f-----g break. I've watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row," he continued. "Here's the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: It's okay to get up and go pee." James Cameron Says He Might 'Pass the Baton' to Not Direct Avatar 4 and 5 Himself The second film in the Avatar franchise, Avatar: The Way of Water, stars Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldaña (Neytiri) and Sigourney Weaver (Kiri), who all starred in the original Avatar movie, alongside newcomers Kate Winslet (Ronal) and Cliff Curtis (Tonowari). After 13 years without another Avatar movie, fans are excited to jump back into the Avatar universe. The first teaser trailer for the sequel was released online on May 9 after premiering at CinemaCon in April and playing exclusively in theaters with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The trailer amassed 148.6 million views worldwide in its first 24 hours of release across various channels, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Avatar: The Way of Water Teaser Trailer Attracts Massive 148.6 Million Views in Single Day: Report The long-delayed Avatar sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, is set to hit theaters Dec. 16, 2022 with a third film — which is not yet titled — expected in 2024, a fourth in 2026 and a fifth in 2028. 20th Century Studios will also re-release the original Avatar in theaters on Sept. 23. The second and third Avatar movies, which have already been made, were shot back-to-back. "The Avatar films themselves are kind of all-consuming," Cameron told Empire, admitting that he is open to the idea of having someone else direct the final two sequels.