James Cameron has already set his sights on his next project following the “Avatar” sequels. According to media reports, Cameron will be directing the film adaptation of the novel “The Informationist.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron’s production company Lightstorm Entertainment has secured the rights to “The Informationist,” a novel by Taylor Stevens published in 2011. The novel‘s main character is Vanessa “Michael” Munroe, an information specialist serving corporations and powerful people who was born in Central Africa but fled to Texas. Munroe has to return to Africa after being hired by a Texas oil tycoon who wants her to find his missing daughter.
According to John Landau, a Lightstorm Entertainment partner, “We were drawn to this book because of the terrific, compelling narrative and the character, who typifies the strong female protagonists that have inhabited Jim’s work — in this case Vanessa Munroe is essentially a mix of Lisbeth Salander [of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' series] and Jason Bourne,” reports Deadline.
Stevens released a second book featuring Munroe, “The Innocent,” this March. Stevens has a third Munroe novel, “The Doll,” planned for a summer 2013 release.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron had earlier made claims that he would direct only “Avatar”-related movies going forward. Cameron is planning to direct a sequel and a third movie involving the characters of “Avatar.” If that’s the case, chances are “The Informationist” will not begin production any time soon. According to SlashFilm, Cameron is set to begin production of “Avatar 2” in 2013 with the hopes of releasing the movie in 2015.
It will be interesting if Cameron does go on to direct “The Informationist,” as it will be much smaller in scope than anything he has done in years. In fact, one can make the argument that 1994’s “True Lies” was the last film Cameron directed that would be similar, in terms of scope, to “The Informationist.”