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James Cameron to pen Avatar prequel

books Updated: Feb 17, 2010 10:58 IST

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After taking the world by storm with his 3-D magic Avatar, director James Cameron is all set to write the prequel to the film in the form of a novel.

Producer of the film Jon Landau has revealed that the Oscar-winning filmmaker will be writing a "big, epic story",
but it is not a novelisation of the movie, reported MTV online.

"A novelisation basically retells the story of the movie. Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things," said Landou.

The book will provide details which could not be included in the movie due to time constraint. "(We) won't have time to do (these stories) in the movie, or maybe in sequels. (So the novel will) give a foundation for the world. It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie," said Landou.

Although Cameron has written screenplays earlier, from the first two Terminator films to Titanic, the Avatar
prequel would mark his debut as a novelist.

"I don't think Jim has ever written a novel before, but his first step of writing a script is often in a novella
format. So this is just expanding that, and I think that he'll be very adept at it," Landou said.