MTV has posted an interview snippet with Avatar director James Cameron who says he will personally be writing the novelization of the film. “WTF?” you may ask? Sure, it’s a little late to ride the wave of Avatar hype and (worse for some) will probably delay the Avatar sequels, but is Cameron trying to say something by writing it himself instead of going the more conventional route of handing it off to a publisher/author?
Check out this juicy quote:
“I never had a chance to get the novel done while we were making the movie, and I always intended to. I didn’t want to do a cheesy novelization, where some hack comes in and kind of makes s–t up. I wanted to do something that was a legitimate novel that was inside the characters’ heads and didn’t have the wrong culture stuff, the wrong language stuff, all that.”
Ouch! Sounds like he had a bad experience. I haven’t the heart to go back and look at who wrote the novelizations for his previous films.