The film centres on an action heroine who has been compared to Sherlock Holmes and Lisbeth Salander

Director James Cameron has lined up his first post-Avatar film project.

Cameron will direct and co-produce The Informationist, a big screen adaptation of the acclaimed 2011 novel by Taylor Stevens. The novel centres on a character called Vanessa “Michael” Munroe, an action heroine who has been compared to Sherlock Holmes and Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.

The Munroe character is a successful information dealer for wealthy clients who reinvented herself after a tough upbringing by gun runners in Africa. In the novel, she is forced to return to the land of a childhood when a billionaire hires her to find his missing daughter.

Cameron said in a statement: “Taylor Stevens’ Vanessa Michael Munroe is an intriguing and compelling heroine with an agile mind and a thirst for adventure. Equally fascinating for me is her emotional life and her unexpected love story. I’m looking forward to bringing Vanessa and her world to the big screen.”

The Informationist will be co-produced by Cameron’s longtime collaborator Jon Landau, who also worked with the director on Titanic and Avatar. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair are hoping to hire a screenwriter shortly.

They intend to focus on The Informationist after completing a pair of Avatar sequels. Last month (September 2012), Cameron revealed that he hopes to have Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 written by the end of this year (2012) so that production can begin in early 2013. He is planning to shoot the sequels back-to-back, but neither film has a confirmed release date yet.