James Cameron ‘hires ‘Terminator’ TV series creator to work on ‘Avatar 2′ script’

Screenwriter Josh Friedman is now rewriting the sequel, according to a report

James Cameron has reportedly recruited Josh Friedman – creator of TV’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – to work on the screenplay for Avatar 2.

Cameron is planning to shoot Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back but he’s yet to set shoot or release dates for either sequel. Speaking about the writing process this March, the filmmaker said he was “deep into it and living in Pandora right now”.

When contacted by TheWrap, who broke the unconfirmed story about the new screenwriter, the film’s producer Jon Landau said: “I would not comment on Avatar 2 one way or the other way.” Friedman has, so far, failed to respond to a request for comment.

As well as creating Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a TV spin-off which ran for two seasons between 2008 and 2009, Friedman has written or co-written the screenplays for several movies including The Black Dahlia and Steven Spielberg’s The War Of The Worlds.

Last summer (2012), Cameron revealed he also has an idea for a fourth Avatar film, which would be a prequel to the planned trilogy. He said at the time: “It’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of [Avatar] three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.”

Released in 2009, Cameron’s Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, a title it still holds, with worldwide box office takings exceeding $2.7 billion (£1.7 billion).