James Cameron conceived the idea for Avatar back in 1994.

The futuristic tale of a paraplegic ex-marine who gets caught up in the conflict between humans and natives on a distant world, Avatar was a film for which Cameron had specific plans.

The director began work on early drafts in the mid-nineties but eventually had to put a hold on developing the film further because he was way ahead of his time.

The technology needed to realise his ideas just didn’t exist. In fact, it wasn’t until 2005 that Cameron was able to finally give the film the green light.

It was worth the wait though of course – this epic film became the highest grossing movie of all time. It was also nominated for nine Academy Awards, and walked away with three.

Avatar is showing tonight – Tuesday 21st August – on Film 4 at 9pm

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