James Cameron Writing "Avatar" Prequel, But Wait, Don't Dust Off Your 3-D Glasses Yet! 


James Cameron is writing a prequel to his mega-hit "Avatar" BUT...it's going to be a novel. Jon Landau, the film's producer, told MTV News that "Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things."

This will mark Cameron's debut as a novelist.

For a while, there were out-of-this world rumors about prequels, sequels, comic books, novelizations, but as Landau put it, "[We] won't have time to do [these stories] in the movie, or maybe in sequels."

So a novel will serve as the building block of future "Avatar" incarnations.

This is actually intriguing because there were many back-stories I wished the film dealt with. And voila! The novel will explain everything! Landau continued, "It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn't have time to deal with — like the schoolhouse and Sigourney [Weaver's character] teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the death of] Tommy, Jake's brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that."

So, if the prequel becomes a huge success, Cameron and Landau can open up the world of "Avatar" much like George Lucas' exploration of his "Star Wars" universe.

More secrets of Pandora will be revealed when the "Avatar" prequel novel is released at the end of the year.

To watch Landau's interview with MTV News, click here.

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