So not “just in the Avatar business” after all, Mr. James Cameron. The illustrious director announced today that he has acquired the rights to Taylor Stevens‘ female centered information broker thriller, The Informationist and hopes to directed the film for 20th Century Fox following the release of the upcoming Avatar sequels.
In the press release Cameron was quoted, saying: “Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Michael Munroe is an intriguing and compelling heroine with an agile mind and a thirst for adventure. Equally fascinating for me is her emotional life and her unexpected love story. I’m looking forwarding to bringing Vanessa and her world to the big screen.”
Cameron’s long time production buddy Jon Landau had this to add: “This was an opportunity to continue our relationship with Fox and Jim Gianopulos beyond the ‘Avatar’ films. We were drawn to this book because of the terrific, compelling narrative and the character, who typifies the strong female protagonists that have inhabited Jim’s work – in this case Vanessa Munroe is essentially a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne.”
So, what do you think? Cameron is known for his strong female characters (something that’s sadly lacking in most big budget films) and it’s good to hear that he’s backpedaling on the whole only-making-Avatar-for-the-rest-of-his-career thing. If all goes well expect a franchise, as Stevens has already released a follow-up book.
Don’t hold your breath though, the Avatar sequels aren’t coming out until 2015. Until then do yourself a favor and watch Cameron’s True Lies, that movie’s amazing. Seriously.