James Cameron, acclaimed director of Titanic and Avatar, has announced that he has selected Jumper author Steven Charles Gould to pen four spin-off novels of Avatar, the all-time best selling movie. Fans can now rest easy knowing that they won’t have to wait too much longer to jump back into James Cameron’s alien world.
On his decision to allow Steven Charles Gould to build on his world, James Cameron had this to say:
“Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction. I’ve long admired the worlds and characters he’s created in his books and stories. 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’s science fiction work has been nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards, and his most popular novel, Jumper, was adapted into a hit movie by 20th Century Fox in 2008. The author has written several novels in addition to his science fiction shorts, including multiple sequels to Jumper: Reflex, Shade, and Impulse. The author also wrote Jumper: Griffin’s Story, a novel based off of a character from Fox’s movie adaptation.
No information has been given on a release plan for the four novels, but one can expect the first to hit sooner than the movie sequel to Avatar, which is set to hit theaters in December 2016. Cameron’s comments about Gould already working on the Avatar universe leads us to assume that the first book isn’t too far off, as books generally take far less longer to write than movies take to produce — especially ones as ambitious as Avatar.
In addition to the books, Cameron and his production company are hard at work on three Avatar screenplays for his planned three sequels.
The sequel to Avatar is set to begin filming next year for a December 2016 release!