James Cameron’s AVATAR universe is coming back in a big way. This just in from our friends at Penguin Random House:
NEW YORK, NY – December 6, 2017 – Penguin Random House, the world’s largest commercial trade publishing house, announced this week that it will partner with Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products on a worldwide publishing deal for AVATAR and the four upcoming film sequels. Working hand-in-hand with visionary director James Cameron, Penguin Random House will develop and release a wide range of books across adult and children’s formats, in multiple territories and languages across the world.
The unprecedented partnership will work to expand and enrich the AVATAR universe through a multiyear publishing strategy that will begin during the lead-up to AVATAR 2 and continue through and beyond the release of AVATAR 5. Initial titles will release under the U.S. and British Commonwealth publishing teams of Del Rey Books, Random House Children’s Books, Cornerstone Publishing, Dorling Kindersley, and Penguin Random House Children’s UK, with additional territories and imprints to follow. Audiobook editions will be published by Penguin Random House Audio.
Released in 2009, James Cameron’s AVATAR is the highest-grossing film in motion picture history, with a box office gross of nearly $2.8 billion. Mesmerizing all ages across the globe with its otherworldly visuals and groundbreaking special effects, the film quickly became a worldwide phenomenon so popular it will be followed by four sequels, with the first sequel due for release on December 18, 2020. AVATAR was named best picture at the Golden Globe Awards and won numerous Academy Awards®.
ABOUT FOX CONSUMER PRODUCTS:
20th Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of 20th Century Fox Film, 20th Century Fox Television and FX Networks, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with 20th Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content and 20th Century Fox Film, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures.
ABOUT PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE:
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively. With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
So what do you think, readers? Up for a return to the world of AVATAR?