James Cameron Will Direct The Informationist

The adaptation of Taylor Stevens' survivalist thriller will go into production after the Avatar sequels.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

So, James Cameron, were you just screwing around when you said you were only going to make Avatar movies from now on, or what? First you claimed that "within the “Avatar” landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it," then you go and attach yourself to adapt The Informationist, a survival adventure based on a novel by Taylor Stevens that has absolutely nothing to do with blue cat people from beyond the stars? You do know that people are actually paying attention to what you say, right?

But no matter, Cameron says he's directing The Informationist, and folks who aren't big fans of Avatar are likely to rejoice at the prospect. They'll probably be less thrilled when they hear that Cameron doesn't plan to do the adaptation after he completes the Avatar sequels, which haven't even gone into production yet, meaning it could be in the late 2010's by the time this film gets rolling. 

Coming Soon broke Lightstorm Entertainment's news that The Informationist would be James Cameron's next(-ish) project. The book, written by Taylor Stevens, has the following plot synopsis on Amazon:

"Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information—expensive information—working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back.

Until now. 
A Texas oil billionaire has hired her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. It’s not her usual line of work, but she can’t resist the challenge. Pulled deep into the mystery of the missing girl, Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood, betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead. If she has any hope of escaping the jungle and the demons that drive her, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget."

James Cameron has a bit of history with strong female heroes, directing Sigourney Weaver to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for Aliens, a rare feat in the action genre. The heroine of The Informationist seems to have been a large part of the projects allure for the director.

Quoth the Cameron: "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 forward to bringing Vanessa and her world to the big screen."

But frankly, we're mostly fascinated at the prospect of Cameron telling a story for which he won't need over $200 million worth of visual effects. Does he even have it in him anymore? Or will he find a way to incorporate some newfangled technology we haven't even conceived of yet?

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