"Not a novelization - and there is a distinction. A novelization basically retells the story of the movie. Jim wants to write a novel that is a big epic that fills in a lot of things," the New York Daily News quoted him, as saying.
He added: "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."
The book would be the Oscar-winning director's debut on the printed page. And according to Landau the novel will be out soon. He said: "I'm hoping by the end of this year."