James Cameron promises 'Avatar' novel

Are you ready for Avatar: The Novel? According to the Wall Street Journal, director James Cameron intends to write a novel that will follow his Pandora movie adventure “quite closely.” Rather than dwell on whether it will incorporate the film’s 3-D elements — say, like a pop-up book — I’m actually eager to dig deeper into Pandora and read the characters’ “interior monologues.” Even the blockbuster’s most enthusiastic supporters don’t herald the story’s originality, complexity, or dialogue, so it will be interesting to see if a lack of depth in those areas was an inevitable casualty of Cameron’s emphasis on the groundbreaking technical aspects of filmmaking. “There are things you can do in books that you can’t do with films,” Cameron told the Journal. And vice versa. I’m not sure I left the theater with a lot of gnawing questions about Avatar‘s backstory, but I’m intrigued by the prospect that clues to future Avatar adventures might be buried in Cameron’s prose.

Will Avatar be on your reading list?

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  • Macy Cheung

    Interesting. I’d be curious to read the novel simply because books are usually made into movies and not the other way around.

    I think it has a great potential for a interesting back story, but I can see it potentially failing if they made the Na’vi’s as “perfect” (i.e. one dimensional) as in the movie.

  • paige

    no thanks- ill pass and wait to see the sequel.

    • joey

      agreed. avatar is super gay

  • Ed

    I will also pass. Cameron is an impressive director, but writing is certainly not his strength. He’s good at plot, obviously, but his dialogue is bad. Cringe-worthy, at times. I can’t imagine his prose will be inspired. Stick to the movies, Cameron, and leave novel writing alone.

    • JJansen

      Hey Ed, I would suggest READING a Cameron screenplay before making any judgements. He’s actually excellent at prose and especially DETAIL. The film version of AVATAR is only an adaptation of the screenplay, which had much more character, plot and emotional development. Most of Cameron’s screenplays read as well or better than the finished film.

  • cranky

    Spielberg promises “ET” novel! Lucas promises “Star Wars” novel! Michael Jackson posthumously promises “Thriller” novel! Not your best idea, Cameron.

  • Drew Pinsky

    Better than best news have I not heard today. I took my three sons to see Avatar and we have sold everything to save home tree.

    • paige

      wow that first sentence has my head spinning lol…

  • sabrina

    lol ew why do u bother even asking these type of questions from your one sided biased readership, don’t u ever check comments on anything avatar or twilight ,they hate it, they loathe it, anyhoo maybe a book on the hurt locker would be more appropriate! gahh…
    ps: i’m looking forward to learning more about pandora, even though i’m clearly in a minority here at ew.com

  • Shamrock

    I think they already have a book on this, it’s called “Call Me Joe”

  • I guy 1 jar

    James Cameron is the answer to Quetin Toronto.

    • Shamrock

      No, QT actually admits to his references for his movies.

    • paige

      who the hell is Quetin Toronto????

      • paige

        …and what was his question that James Cameron is the answer to???

      • kc74

        He’s the director of such hits as Lake Ontario Dogs, Pulp Ottawa, and Inglorious Canoocks.

      • walter

        A porn star from up North. He is famous for blowing his load early then explaining how it happened…

  • Ambient Lite

    Hadn’t he alluded to there being a movie sequel? I mean, the first one took him over a decade, maybe he should skip the side projects and get to work – right?

  • Eyeball

    I think James Cameron doing something that would utterly embarrass himself is a fantastic idea. But no, I won’t read a word of it.

  • Joe Reilly

    I keep reading EW articles on Avatar, and the hate from the EW audience astounds me, I enjoyed the movie and would like to read the book. Most of the world enjoyed the movie. Sure criticism is welcome, but continual, unreasonable bashing is moronic.

    Get over yourselves, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it

    • George Lyman

      you just totally contradicted yourself on the idea of criticism being welcome. Anyway, obviously Cameron is being bashed for ripping off Pocahontas and feels he needs to redeem himself by explaining his characters thoughts in detail.

      Let the film speak for itself. Even if it mimics another story. Stop trying to cash in on the Avatar idea, its only been since what? December? At some point, people will stop footing your bills.

      • Joe

        What I meant was that people should point out a films flaws but not bash am otherwise very entertaining and well made film simply because its popular.

        story, not original, but was a great retelling of a classic tale

  • Nic.

    I’m curious. I think I would pick up the book — and read it :)

    • miss k

      I’m curious too. I’d like to know more about the characters. I’ll definately read it!

  • Icon

    So a movie where the story is weak, the dialogues weaker and what everyone praises is the beautiful picture, amazing scenery and the spectacular fantasy world JC created is going to be a novel?
    Will it have 3d pictures on it?

  • chris

    how this movie is up for best picture is beyond me with the horrible acting and dialogue, and cliched story

  • ooo

    guess he’ll just take poul anderson’s book and slap his name on the front

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