'Avatar 2' Still a Thing as Jim Cameron Hires a Writer

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James Cameron owned just about everybody on this planet for quite a while with his epic 3-D planetary adventures in Pandora in 2009's "Avatar," and at the end of the film's 8 month theatrical run Fox was left happily sorting through a whopping $2.7 billion smackers in ticket sales.

So, of course everyone involved was game for giving Jim-Jim a second run at those adorable Na'vi and their new addition. The sequel and a third part were announced almost immediately, and it seemed like this would get underway with haste. But not so. Instead, Cameron's been floating around in the Mariana's Trench — you know, like everyone does during time off (actually, just kidding, he's one of three people ever) — and retooling "Titanic" into 3-D format to nab even more cash ... until now.

After four years, there's finally a teensy weensy bit of news on "Avatar 2."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron's brought in screenwriter Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds," "The Black Dahlia") to lend a hand with writing up the second round of bow-slinging and tree-singing.

What's interesting about the choice of this Friedman fellow is that while Cameron wasn't involved with the show, it was Friedman who developed the short-lived TV series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" based on "Terminator," so he's already got a little experience doing James Cameron redux work.

Reportedly, Cameron's been on lockdown in New Zealand furiously trying to get the screenplay ready and needs a little help because the studio wants to get this blue thing into theaters by Christmas 2015.

So, it's finally happening. The question now is whether audiences are even still in the mood for it.