Penguin Random House has inked a worldwide publishing deal with Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products for James Cameron's Avatar and its four upcoming film sequels.
The publisher will work with Cameron to develop and release, it said, "a wide range of books across adult and children’s formats, in multiple territories and languages across the world." The books will be published over the course of a few years, and the first titles to hit the market through the deal will hit stands in the lead-up to the cinematic release of Avatar 2 and continue "through and beyond" the release of Avatar 5.
Initial titles from the publisher will be released under the U.S. and British Commonwealth publishing teams of Del Rey Books, Random House Children’s Books, Cornerstone Publishing, Dorling Kindersley (DK), and Penguin Random House Children’s UK. (Additional territories and imprints working on the line will be announced at a later date.) Audiobook editions will be published by Penguin Random House Audio.
Avatar, which released in 2009, is the highest-grossing film in Hollywood history, with a box office gross of nearly $2.8 billion.