‘Avatar’ to be expanded in novel form

2013-10-02 00:00

LOS ANGELES — Readers will soon be able to book their own trip to Pandora.

Science-fiction author Steven Charles Gould will write four stand-alone novels that will unfold and expand the futuristic world of James Cameron’s Avatar.

Cameron is currently working with a team of writers on the screenplays for the three new Avatar pictures. The films will be made back-to-back, with production beginning next year.

The first sequel will be released in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later.

Gould is best known for his 1992 novel Jumper, which was made into a 2008 movie with Jamie Bell and Hayden Christensen.

“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,” Cameron said.

“We’re very fortunate to have Steven bring his formidable talents to the Avatar universe. He is already working closely with me and the screen writers to flesh out the expanding world of Avatar.”

Construction on a themed area at Disney’s Animal Kingdom called Avatar Land, begins this year. — TheWrap.com

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