James Cameron has begun to think about life after his two "Avatar" sequels -- and it includes making a movie from a female-driven novel called "The Informationist."
Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, has optioned the rights to the debut book by Taylor Stevens, with plans for Cameron to direct it for 20th Century Fox, Lightstorm announced Tuesday.
A thriller set in Africa, "The Informationist" follows Vanessa Munroe, a researcher hired to help find the missing daughter of a Texas oil billionaire. The book is the first in a planned seven-part series, and critics have compared its lead character with another hyper-capable heroine, Lisbeth Salander of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" series.
"This is one of the most cinematic books I’ve ever read," said Jon Landau, Cameron's producing partner. "And it's got all the classic Jim Cameron elements -- a female protagonist who is smart, physically adept and skilled, great action, an unexpected love story."