On August 22, 2013, Twentieth Century Fox announced that James Cameron has selected critically acclaimed science fiction author Steven Charles Gould to write four different, stand-alone novels based not only on the successful 2009 film Avatar, but also the three sequels to the big hit as well.

Gould is most well known for with book Jumper, in which he authored in 1992 and was then turned into a motion picture int he year 2008 by both Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency.  He has also written other science fiction novels such as a sequel to Jumper named Reflex, Wildside, Helm, and 7th Sigma.

James Cameron had nothing but praise for his selection for the novels. “Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction,” Cameron writes, “and I’ve long admired the worlds and characters he’s created in his books.” Most notably is that Cameron has stated that Gould is already working with the screenwriters and himself to expand and expound on the moon of Pandora, and the universe of Avatar.

Also announced is that the sequels for Avatar will undergo a “back-to-back filming schedule with production beginning next year.”  The first of these sequels being set to in December of 2016, with the other two sequel releasing every subsequent year.

Source: http://www.avatarmovie.com/