Apparently, James Cameron’s obsession with his Avatar world has not gone far enough (though many of us may argue that it’s gone too far already). In addition to promising three new movies in the near future, now the franchise has jumped mediums. Brace yourselves folks, for you will have the opportunity to read about the world of Avatar in the pages of four novels.
Cameron is bringing in author Steven Charles Gould (Jumper) to write them, though with Gould’s record of making nothing memorable, one has to wonder why. According to Cameron:
“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.”
More likely Cameron likes Gould’s record of bringing environmental issues into his works, but whatever floats your boat, right?
And while I don’t see any good coming out of expanding the Avatar universe even further, I do think that perhaps this might be a chance for Cameron and Co. to flesh out the franchise. Sure, the first flick had a bad script, terrible dialogue, a cliché plotline and more than a few poorly executed scenes, but it was, at the very least, a richly detailed world. Other authors may be able to succeed where Cameron failed and turned out stories that are actually interesting instead of catering to the simple-needs audience of 4-year olds and reality TV viewers.
At the very least, Cameron will rake in yet another bucket of money.
What does the peanut gallery think about all this? Would you actually drop cash on an Avatar book and read it? Do you think a different writer might be able to create some compelling stories?
Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.