The novel will be a prequel to the film, and will go into depth about the character's lives prior to the setting of the film. "It would be something that would lead up to telling the story of the movie, but it would go into much more depth about all the stories that we didn't have time to deal with – like the schoolhouse and Sigourney Weaver's character teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the death of] Tommy, Jake's brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that," Jon Landau (the film's producer) told MTV.
It was originally planned to be released at the end of 2010, but has not yet been released. The release date for the novel is unknown. In September 2011, James Cameron confirmed that it is still being written but his work on the script for the second film has slowed progress. 
Landau told MTV that if Cameron's novel is a success, they might look at allowing other authors to write books about Pandora. "We certainly have stories that are set before the movie opens and after," he said. "I think that what we want to do is find out what mediums those stories are best told in. There might be opportunities in publishing to tell some of the backstory, tell some of the earth war stories, what went on in Jake's life before the movie. And we'd have that lead up to the sequel that might take place on Pandora several years after our movie closed."