“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,” explained Cameron. “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.”
Lightstorm Entertainment’s President of Franchise Development Kathy Franklin said, “The novels are just one example of our commitment to our fans to extend the world of Avatar, in this instance in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.”
As for the films, Cameron, Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno are working on the screenplays for Avatar 2, 3, and 4. Filming’s expected to begin next year, with Cameron shooting the movies back-to-back.
Avatar 2 will be released in December 2016 followed by Avatar 3 in December 2017 and Avatar 4 in 2018.
Source: Lightstorm Entertainment
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