James Cameron wrote and directed 2009′s Avatar, which would go on to become the biggest box office movie of all time, so you would expect him to also write and direct the long awaited sequel, Avatar 2. But it appears that Cameron will instead have others pen the follow-up, or at least work with him in crafting a draft or two.
According to a source close to Fox, Cameron has brought in Josh Friedman to work on the script for the sequel. Friedman created the Fox TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles—based on the Terminator movie franchise, of which Cameron directed the first two installments — and has also worked on the screenplays for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and The Black Dahlia, as well as the teleplay for the Locke & Key series that never came to be.
Producer Jon Landau and Fox had no official comment on the news.
It’s not yet known when we’ll even see Avatar 2, but stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are expected to return. Last we heard, the movie wasn’t going to be released until 2015 at the very earliest, but nothing is confirmed yet.
The only thing we do know is that the sequel will involve lots of water, and that underwater shooting techniques for performance capture technology being worked on by digital artists.
[Source: The Wrap]