James Cameron announced he has hired Steven Charles Gould, author of Jumper, to write four books to take place around events in his film Avatar.

While Cameron had planned to pen a novel set in the world of Pandora himself, he is too busy working on possible sequels to the blockbuster.

Speaking about Steven Charles Gould he said, "Steven Gould is one of the shining lights in contemporary science fiction, and I've long admired the worlds and characters he's created in his books and stories."

He continued, "We're very fortunate to have Steven bring his formidable talents to the Avatar universe. He is already working closely with me and the screenwriters to flesh out the expanding world of Avatar."