James Cameron to direct The Informationist

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Following the relentless smurf-shit scooping exercise that will follow the fifteen “Avatar” sequels he’s planning, H20-loving explorer and filmmaker James Cameron plans to shoot “The Informationist” (John Grisham got beaten to the punch on one, hey!?), based on Taylor Stevens’ 2011 novel.

The film, fixing on an information specialist assigned a horrible holiday in Africa, won’t be a reality until Cameron wraps “Avatar 2″ and “Avatar 3″.

Being that “The Informationist” is set mostly on dry land, someone’s gonna need to occasionally take a leak on Cameron on-set to make him feel at home here.

Published in October 2011, Taylor Stevens’ tale centers on Vanessa “Michael” Munroe, an information specialist, whose work is in-demand by corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. When a Texas oil billionaire hires her to find his daughter who vanished in Africa four years ago. Munroe finds herself back in the lands of her childhood. Betrayed, cut off from civilization, and left for dead, she must come face-to-face with the past that she’s tried for so long to forget.

Lightstorm’s Jon Landau produces. Cameron still needs to find someone to adapt this puppy.

Jim Cameron stated: “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 forwarding to bringing Vanessa and her world to the big screen.”

Added Landau: “This was an opportunity to continue our relationship with Fox and Jim Gianopulos beyond the ‘Avatar’ films. We were drawn to this book because of the terrific, compelling narrative and the character, who typifies the strong female protagonists that have inhabited Jim’s work – in this case Vanessa Munroe is essentially a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne.”

A second “Vanessa Michael Munroe” novel, The Innocent, was published earlier this year.

It’s anyone’s guess what this latest news means for Cameron’s long-gestating “Battle Angel”.