While it's been confirmed that director James Cameron is planning a feature film trilogy on Avatar, it seems he also plans to write a prequel novel based on his characters. Producer Jon Landau has revealed to MTV that Cameron is fleshing out a prequel novel that will lead up to the events that transpired in the original blockbuster film and it could be hitting book shelves late this year.
"It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn't have time to deal with — like the schoolhouse and Sigourney [Weaver's character] teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the death of] Tommy, Jake's brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that," Landau explained.
Landau added that other mediums could also be used to tell the stories that are set before the movie opens and after. "There might be opportunities in publishing to tell some of the backstory, tell some of the Earth war stories, what went on in Jake's life before the movie. And we'd have that lead up to the sequel that might take place on Pandora several years after our movie closed."