With Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and Avatar 4 coming out in 2016, 2017, and 2018, fans of James Cameron’s multi-billion dollar franchise have plenty to look forward to over the next five years.

But that’s not all that Fox has in store. The studio recently announced that author Steven Charles Gould (Jumper) has been hired to write four stand-alone novels “based upon – and expanding” Avatar and its three upcoming sequels.

As president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, Gould brings plenty of experience to the table and should do a great job of fleshing out Cameron’s universe. He’ll also no doubt be working closely with each of the A-list screenwriters that Cameron has brought on to co-write the sequels: Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Savages).

There are those who argue that the seven year gap between the first film and Avatar 2 will diminish interest in the franchise. On the other hand, how many movies have made $2.7 billion at the box office? Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Avatar was a worldwide phenomena and there’s no reason to expect it won’t continue to be popular.

In other James Cameron news, the famous director recently told the BBC that 3D will be the future of entertainment.

For me it’s absolutely inevitable that entertainment will be 3D, it’ll all be 3D eventually, because that’s how we see the world. When it’s correct and convenient for us, we pre-select for that as the premium experience.

Cameron’s point is certainly up for discussion, but it’s worth nothing that few filmmakers have pushed technology forward like he has, so his opinion is definitely worth considering. The big issue is whether 3D can become consistently good.

Presumably, as the market demands higher quality from its 3D content, creators will have to step up their game. Then again, if they don’t, I guess they can just tuck into a good old-fashioned book. Cameron has both avenues covered.

Would you read a literary version of Avatar, Screen Rant readers? Do you agree with James Cameron that we “pre-select” for 3D as a premium service? Let us know in the comments.

Avatar 2 is expected to theaters in December 2016.

Source: BBC