James Cameron recruits Terminator series creator for Avatar 2

2013-08-01 11:27

Los Angeles – James Cameron has recruited Josh Friedman, who created Fox’s cult hit series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to work on the screenplay for the much-anticipated Avatar 2.

This is according to a source familiar with the 20th Century Fox project.

Friedman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a representative for his agency, UTA, referred TheWrap to Cameron’s production company Lightstorm Entertainment.

Lightstorm’s Chief Operating Officer and Avatar producer Jon Landau, reached by TheWrap, said: “I would not comment on Avatar 2 one way or the other way.”

Fox had no comment.

Friedman has a long-standing relationship with Fox, having created its series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and written a Locke & Key pilot for the Fox network. He also served as a producer on Fox’s short-lived series The Finder.

Friedman is a logical choice to work on the Avatar 2 screenplay, as Cameron has entrusted the writer with his previously established characters, such as Sarah and John Connor. Friedman earned strong reviews as he expanded the Terminator mythology.

Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time, having amassed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that, by default, Avatar 2 is the most highly anticipated sequel in the history of movies.

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are expected to return for Avatar 2, which is expected to hit theatres in 2015.

Friedman’s previous screenwriting credits include Steven Spielberg’s 2005 remake of War of the Worlds and Brian De Palma’s serial killer thriller The Black Dahlia. He also received a story credit on the 1996 Keanu Reeves movie Chain Reaction.

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