James Cameron to Direct ‘The Informationist’ After Finishing Two ‘Avatar’ Sequels

The heralded filmmaker will begin work on this adaptation of Taylor Stevens’ novel directly after finishing ‘Avatar 3’.

James Cameron will direct The Informationist
James Cameron will direct The Informationist
Lightstorm Entertainment has acquired motion picture rights to the acclaimed 2011 novel The Informationist by Taylor Stevens, as a vehicle for James Cameron to direct for 20th Century Fox Film. The Informationist will be a project for Cameron after he completes work on the second and third Avatar films, which are currently in pre-production.

Published in October 2011, Stevens' tale centers on Vanessa "Michael" Munroe, an information specialist, whose work is in-demand by corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. When a Texas oil billionaire hires her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood. Betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead, she must come face-to-face with the past that she's tried for so long to forget.

Cameron will produce with Lightstorm partner, Jon Landau. The producers expect to hire a writer to adapt the novel shortly. Here's what James Cameron had to say about the story.

"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."

Jon Landau had this to say about the announcement

"This was an opportunity to continue our relationship with Fox and Jim Gianopulos beyond the Avatar films. 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 and Jason Bourne."

A second "Vanessa Michael Munroe" novel, The Innocent, was published earlier this year.

Author Taylor Stevens has a background every bit as intriguing as her heroine's. Born in New York State, and into the Children of God, an apocalyptic religious cult spun from the Jesus Movement of the '60s, Stevens was raised in communes across the globe. Separated from her family at age twelve and denied an education beyond sixth grade, she lived on three continents and in a dozen countries before reaching fourteen. In place of schooling, the majority of her adolescence was spent begging on city streets at the behest of cult leaders, or as a worker bee child, caring for the many younger commune children, washing laundry and cooking meals for hundreds at a time. In her twenties, Stevens broke free in order to follow hope and a vague idea of what possibilities lay beyond. She now lives in Texas, and juggles full-time writing with full-time motherhood.

The Informationist comes to theaters in 2016. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Sources: Lightstorm Entertainment

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Comments (15)

  1. LuxoIII

    Sounds like Battle Angel isn't happening.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag


    Sounds dumb, don't make Avatar make Battle Angel

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. skywise

    I get the feeling that Battle Angel is not going to happen.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. WongFu

    he's the man, tho sometimes I think he's the woman with his decision making

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. K.Guy

    *gives first thumbs up* LONG LIVE CAMERON!!!! :D MUAHAHAHAHA!!

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  6. renodc

    James Cameron changes his mind as often as most people change their clothes

    2 years agoby @renodcFlag

  7. SherlockHolmes2009

    Damn this mans busy until like 2020

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  8. Drum N Bass Dan

    Battle Angel Alita? :(

    2 years agoby @drum-n-bass-danFlag


    Ok so Cameron is going to direct two unnecessary Avatar sequels, and Informationist before Battle Angel :(.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  10. Sean

    I am not sure what to think of this.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Dragon1991

    There's a lot more of talking about the sequels of Avatar verses actually getting them made.

    2 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  12. ChiRep_1

    Cameron project "in development" = production hell

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  13. thedude-abides

    I've given up on Cameron.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  14. Ghostman

    Not gonna happen if he doesn't get these Avatar sequels made.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    A deal with Fox? Guess Battle Angel is still out of the question or a duo production ?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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