James Cameron wants Avatar fans to have plenty of material to keep them busy for many years to come. The director is reportedly working on a series of novels set in his imaginative universe.
Not only is the award-winning filmmaker penning the scripts for no less than three cinematic sequels, he is also hard at work on at least three Avatar novels. Author Steven Charles Gould will help Cameron bring these literary endeavors to life.
According to the Titanic director, the upcoming novels will tell standalone stories. Instead of continuing the storyline told on the big screen, they will feature unique adventures and characters set within the world of Avatar.
“Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction, and I’ve long admired the worlds and characters he’s created in his books and stories,” James Cameron explained in a recent press release.
He continued, “We’re very fortunate to have Steven bring his formidable talents to the ‘Avatar’ universe. He is already working closely with me and the screenwriters to flesh out the expanding world of ‘Avatar.’”
Gould is responsible for penning a number of notable sci-fi novels. His work includes Jumper, Impulse, and The Mismeasure of Man. Although Jumper was adapted into a feature film, the movie doesn’t really do the book justice.
Cameron revealed that the author has been tapped to work on the four Avatar novels, but it remains unclear when they will hit bookstores. Titles, plot details, and release info is pretty much non-existent as of this writing.
Chances are the folks at 20th Century Fox want the novels ready in time for the upcoming sequels. The filmmaker and the studio hope to have the new movies on screens around the world by December of 2016. Filming on the project is slated to begin at some point next year.
James Cameron is currently hard at work on the scripts for the next Avatar movies.
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