Despite previous comments that James Cameron was only going to direct Avatar related films from this point on, it looks like he is in fact going to go beyond the world of Pandora.
Cameron is now set to direct a new film based on the book by Taylor Stevens called ‘The Informationist’. The book is about the character Vanessa Munroe, a gunrunner and mercenary turned information broker who works for a variety of clients including private corporations, and government officials.
Cameron has stated the following regarding the new announcement;
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.
It’s an interesting turn of events given Cameron’s previous comments indicating he wasn’t interested in doing any non-Avatar related films including the long gestating project Battle Angel. Whether this new change of heart extends as far as that project we’ll have to wait and see.
Presuming that the Avatar franchise remains the immediate priority it’s going to be a long wait for The Informationist. Avatar 2 is currently scheduled for a 2015 release, and Avatar 3 doesn’t currently have a release date. Avatar 2 and 3 are currently intended to be filmed concurrently, so the third installment may not be released a long time after the second however late 2015 to mid/late 2016 is still a likely release window.
Given Cameron’s involvement in post-production etc. we could be optimistically looking at production on The Informationist in 2014 or 2015 possibly for a 2016 or later release window.
We’ll wait and see but don’t get too excited about this announcement just yet….we’ll probably see Avengers 2 first.