Back in May, James Cameron spoke to the New York Times and essentially announced his retirement from all things non-Avatar, telling the paper he is now "in the Avatar business. Period." But, hey, minds will change, hearts will go on, and like Titanic's heroine before him, he's realizing it might be worth casting away lifeless blue flesh in favor of a strong female lead.
Thusly, Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment banner have picked up the rights to the Taylor Stevens novel The Informationist, with THR reporting the intent is for Cameron to direct just as soon as he busts out a couple more Avatars (but before the Avatar prequel). The book's story focuses on Vanessa "Michael" Munroe, a woman raised around the gunners and mercenaries of central Africa. Later, as an adult "information dealer"--or "informationist," as the title would like you to start saying--she's hired to find a billionaire's missing daughter and return to Africa, where she no doubt draws upon her childhood experiences to shoot guns at people. Cameron's Lightstorm partner Jon Landau calls the character "a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne, which, if it doesn't give you a good idea of the character, should at least give you a good idea of the novel's cover. You'd better believe it's got some big, embossed letters!