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James Cameron commissions 4 Avatar novels to supplement the upcoming sequels

Aug. 22, 2013by: Alex Maidy

On top of three sequels, James Cameron still feels there are a lot of stories to tell from the world of Pandora. So many tales, in fact, that Cameron has decided to tell them on the written page instead of the big screen. You may be asking yourself how the direct intends to fit all of this writing in while simultaneously making three movies and the answer is he found someone else to write them.

Cameron has selected Steven Charles Gould, author of JUMPER, to write four novels that will be canon to the films, including the three upcoming sequels. This likely means that Gould will be involved with the screenwriters working alongside James Cameron to flesh out the tales. This will mean that fans of the AVATAR universe will be able to go to the bookstore and the movie theater to continue their experience with the N'avi.

Cameron had this to say about Gould:

Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction, and Ive long admired the worlds and characters hes created in his books and stories. Were 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.

AVATAR 2, 3, and 4 are currently being written by Cameron along with Josh Friedman (WAR OF THE WORLDS), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) and Shane Salerno (SAVAGES). All three films are expected to shoot back to back to back next year for theatrical releases in December 2016 and each year thereafter.

There is no release date listed for the books, but I would venture to guess it would be within close proximity to the films. Like STAR WARS, once James Cameron is done, if there is a market for the novels they could continue to be published for years to come.

Extra Tidbit: JUMPER was not all that great a movie but was a damn good novel.

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7:51AM on 08/23/2013
I think it's only James Cameron that thinks we need all of these sequels
I think it's only James Cameron that thinks we need all of these sequels
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10:14PM on 08/22/2013
In the 4 years since the first movie came out, I've heard about Avatar sequels, but never once does Cameron actually talk about a good story to tell. It all about "exploring more of Pandora" i.e. createing cool new visual effects. Until I know about where the story is going, it's hard to get excited about more movies, much less books.
In the 4 years since the first movie came out, I've heard about Avatar sequels, but never once does Cameron actually talk about a good story to tell. It all about "exploring more of Pandora" i.e. createing cool new visual effects. Until I know about where the story is going, it's hard to get excited about more movies, much less books.
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9:38PM on 08/22/2013
Is there really THAT much interest in the avatar universe that they need to release 3 sequels and 4 novels? Are they THAT confident in investing in them? Although the first movie is the most successful film of all time, the general concensous is that behind the special effects, it just wasnt that great. It's a big investment for a franchise based on an average film.
Is there really THAT much interest in the avatar universe that they need to release 3 sequels and 4 novels? Are they THAT confident in investing in them? Although the first movie is the most successful film of all time, the general concensous is that behind the special effects, it just wasnt that great. It's a big investment for a franchise based on an average film.
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9:34PM on 08/22/2013
Can't wait till he announces Avatar THE FLAMETHROWER
Can't wait till he announces Avatar THE FLAMETHROWER
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9:24PM on 08/22/2013
Avatar was only good because of its visuals, not because of its rehashed story.
Avatar was only good because of its visuals, not because of its rehashed story.
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8:36PM on 08/22/2013

the thing about Avatar...

the actual world is NOT that interesting. No one talks about the story behind Avatar. the whole point of the first movie was the amazing visuals. Did anyone really care all that much about the story? why the hell would you want to READ Avatar?
the actual world is NOT that interesting. No one talks about the story behind Avatar. the whole point of the first movie was the amazing visuals. Did anyone really care all that much about the story? why the hell would you want to READ Avatar?
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9:04PM on 08/22/2013
I liked the world, I liked the culture of the Na'vi and I would like to read about the history of Pandora before the humans got there and after they left.We also only saw such a small part of the planet in the first movie and I'd like to explore the other tribes and cultures etc.
I liked the world, I liked the culture of the Na'vi and I would like to read about the history of Pandora before the humans got there and after they left.We also only saw such a small part of the planet in the first movie and I'd like to explore the other tribes and cultures etc.
10:02PM on 08/22/2013
Then read about the Iroquois League, drew.
Then read about the Iroquois League, drew.
7:49PM on 08/22/2013
3D novels?!
3D novels?!
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2:34PM on 08/23/2013
I'm thinking "Magic Eye."
I'm thinking "Magic Eye."
6:57PM on 08/22/2013
Yes, and next up are blue Avatar condoms that connect via strands at the tip.

Please, just focus on bringing us a good sequel Mr. Cameron.
Yes, and next up are blue Avatar condoms that connect via strands at the tip.

Please, just focus on bringing us a good sequel Mr. Cameron.
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6:45PM on 08/22/2013
The words jump right off the page!
The words jump right off the page!
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9:12PM on 08/22/2013
That's funny.
That's funny.
6:17PM on 08/22/2013
As a self professed "Avatard" this news pleases me.
Extra Tidbit: Totally agree!
As a self professed "Avatard" this news pleases me.
Extra Tidbit: Totally agree!
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