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James Cameron to Direct The Informationist After Avatar 3

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It looks like Taylor Stevens’ suspense novel The Informationist will be adapted for the big screen and directed by none other than the legendary James Cameron. Earlier this year, he swore that the two Avatar sequels will be the last movies he will ever direct, but it now appears that he is not ready to give up the director’s chair just yet.

According to THR, Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment banner has already picked up the rights to Stevens’ novel, which Cameron intends to adapt for 20th Century Fox, but only once he is finished working on the upcoming Avatar films. Aside from directing, Cameron will also act as the producer — with his Lightstorm partner Jon Landau. They are already looking for someone to pen the screenplay and expect to hire a writer very soon.

It is not at all surprising as to why The Informationist has caught Cameron’s attention because at the center of the novel’s narrative is a strong female character, which is something that Cameron is into (Ellen Ripley, anyone?). The book follows a character named Vanessa “Michael” Munroe, an information dealer (the “informationist”) for rich clients. She was born in Africa and grew up among gunners and mercenaries until she managed to escape to America and create a new identity for herself. However, she is eventually forced to return home after a billionaire hires her to track down his daughter in Africa. Munroe has been compared on multiple occasions to Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, while Landau has described her as “a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne.” So, it is not beyond reason to assume that Cameron intends to create another Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley out of this character.

“Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa ‘Michael’ Munroe is an intriguing and compelling heroine with an agile mind and a thirst for adventure,” said Cameron. “Equally fascinating for me is her emotional life and her unexpected love story.”

When I first heard about the Avatar sequels, I was not overly thrilled about them because they seemed a little unnecessary, but this project has me excited. I am yet to see a Bourne-style action thriller with a woman as a lead. And since Cameron will be the one to direct it, The Informationist adaptation is bound to be a success.

What is sad about all this is that we will not be seeing The Informationist any time soon since the Avatar movies are still at least three years away. Cameron speculates that Avatar 2 will come out sometime in 2015. This means that The Informationist will probably not enter pre-production at least until 2017 — which is hopefully when all the post-production work on Avatar 3 will be completed. So for now, we can all just take solace in the fact that James Cameron plans to make at least one more movie after the Avatar trilogy is done.

By: Taras Trofimov


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