Avatar 2 Finally Has A Screenwriter

By Nick Venable 2013-07-31 14:24:00discussion comments
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Wait, youíre telling me Avatar 2 is actually a real thing, and not just one of James Cameronís years-long underwater fever dreams? TheWrap reports Cameron has landed a screenwriter for the upcoming sequel, and heís keeping it within the ďJames Cameron project family.Ē Josh Friedman, the creator of the fan-favorite Fox spinoff series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, has been tapped to write the script for what weíd like to call ďthe highest-grossing film in the future of Hollywood.Ē Thatís not exactly erroneous, is it?

Itís worth noting that this news comes from a source for the website, with no comments coming from any official reps. Neither 20th Century Fox nor Friedman issued any statements, and the only thing the head of Cameronís production company Lightstorm Entertainment had to say was, ďI would not comment on Avatar 2 one way or the other way.Ē But weíre treating this like the exciting news that it is, since Cameron hadnít shown any non-verbal signs that an Avatar sequel was actually going to be made in our lifetimes. (Some of you may have hoped it would stay that way.)

Friedman is a great choice for the job, as he is connected to both Cameron and Fox. Beyond Sarah Connor Chronicles, Friedman was also a consulting producer on the networkís comedic drama The Finder. He also wrote the pilot adapting Joe Hillís horror fantasy comic Locke & Key for Fox, a series that Friedman would still be working on if the TV gods had any sense. But thatís just television. On the film front, Friedman wrote the screenplays for Stephen Spielbergís reworking of War of the Worlds and Brian De Palmaís muddled retelling of The Black Dahlia. Iím not sure which of all these projects is most exemplary of Friedmanís work as a writer, but he appears to be capable of telling a humanity-driven story taking place in the midst of a larger-than-life world event. And considering the plethora of lawsuits that claimed Cameronís Avatar stole story ideas from a variety of sources, Friedman actually has something of an advantage in tackling this second film. All he has to do is refrain from obviously plagiarizing other peopleís material. Simple!

Amassing over $2.8 billion worldwide, Avatar is the most successful movie ever, and Friedman has his work cut out for him. Luckily, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington (among others, assumedly) are set to reprise their roles for the sequel, so itís not like the script will be formed from a blank slate.

Avatar 2 is already set for a release in 2015, but since that would only be 6 years since Cameronís last film, donít mark that date in stone.

In the meantime, check out everything wrong with Avatar in the amusing video below.


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