James Cameron announces first post-Avatar project

Director is planning a novel adaptation once he's finished with his blue cat people

Director James Cameron has revealed the project he will take on after he wraps up his 'Avatar' films.

The maverick filmmaker has optioned Taylor Stevens' 2011 novel 'The Informationist' through his company Lightstorm Entertainment.

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Cameron... taking on novel adaptation (Copyright: PA)

The plot centres around 'information specialist' Vanessa Michael Munroe - described as a cross between Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne - who is tasked by a Texan oil billionaire to find his daughter, who vanished in Africa some years earlier.

“Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Michael Munroe is an intriguing and compelling heroine with an agile mind and a thirst for adventure,” said Cameron.

“Equally fascinating for me is her emotional life and her unexpected love story. I’m looking forwarding to bringing Vanessa and her world to the big screen.”

But the project is set to be on the back burner for at least the next four years or so.

Cameron is to direct 'Avatar 2' and 'Avatar 3' back-to-back, with 'Avatar 2' due in 2015 and 'Avatar 3' likely the year after, though he has also talked about the possibility of an 'Avatar 4', saying that he already has a potential idea for it.

The first film in his Pandora-based series is the highest-grossing film of all time, making $2.7 billion worldwide.