While we won’t be seeing the sequel to ‘Avatar’ until 2016 (with the 2 following each released a year apart) we will be able to read about Pandora in the near future. It looks as if Cameron has tapped Science Fiction author Steven Charles Gould (‘Jumper’) to tell even more of the tale of the world that he has created. ‘Gould has been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards, a finalist for the Nebula Award and is president of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
When talking about how Gould would move forward on the project, Cameron had this to say:
“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. 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.”
At this time it’s unclear if the novels will take place in between, before, or after the films. All we know is that he’s working closely with the team so that, in my opinion, continuity will flow through all of the films and novels.
If you’re not familiar with the original ‘Avatar’ film, here’s the synopsis:
“Avatar” takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. We enter the alien world through the eyes of Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost of Pandora, where corporations are mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving the Earth’s energy crisis. Because the atmosphere of Pandora is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human “drivers” have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air. Reborn in his avatar form, Jake can walk again. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. Jake is taken in by a beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, after she saves his life. As Jake’s relationship with his reluctant teacher deepens, he learns to respect the Na’vi way and finally takes a place among them. Soon he will face the ultimate test as he leads the Na’vi in an epic battle that will decide nothing less than the fate of an entire world.
What are your thoughts on 4 novels set in the world of ‘Avatar’? Are you interested or does Cameron have enough going on in his world already?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter