Script News: Avatar, Idolmaker, Cardboard

Avatar 2, 3, 4
James Cameron has confirmed which writers worked on which scripts for all three back-to-back “Avatar” sequels. After much work, the first screenplay is expected to be ready within weeks.

“Avatar 2” was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, “Avatar 3” was written by Josh Friedman, “Avatar 4” was written by Shane Salerno. James Cameron will score a co-writing credit on all three. Writer Steven Gould has also been involved with the process and has been tasked with writing the novelizations for each movie. [Source: The New York Times]

MGM has hired Sascha Penn to pen the latest version of “The Idolmaker” remake which has Craig Brewer attached to direct and Justin Timberlake circling to star.

The original 1980 film followed the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered the likes of Frankie Avalon and Fabian. [Source: Deadline]

Joe Ballarini (“Dance of the Dead”) has been tapped to pen Fox Animation’s upcoming adaptation of “Earthworm Jim” creator Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel “Cardboard”.

The story tracks a young boy and his father who must battle cardboard monsters that magically come to life. Chris Wedge (“Epic”) is attached to direct. [Source: Deadline]