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James Cameron Still Wants to Make Battle Angel Alita

In five years, at least.

 She does look like she'd give Jayk Sooly a serious beat down.
 She does look like she'd give Jayk Sooly a serious beat down.

You know,  I was wondering if James Cameron was still going to make a BATTLE ANGEL ALITA movie. With AVATAR being the biggest movie ever, I figured he was significantly preoccupied, but it turns out the king of the world's still keen on realizing this tale of post-Apocapyptic, cyberpunk ass-kicking.

Collider caught up with Cameron while he was promoting SANCTUM, the thriller he just recently produced, and the man thusly intoned…

“I’m obviously going to be pretty busy for the next five years [with Avatar 2 and 3]. And so I had to consider, do I hand this project off to another director? And then I thought, ‘No, I love it too much.'"

And here's what he said to say regarding his approach to the material...

"It’s such a rich world. What I’m going to do is take the spine story and use elements from the first four books. So, the Motorball from books three and four, and parts of the story of one and two will all be in the movie.”    

Oddly enough, I remember him describing AVATAR as merely a “test run” for the tech he wanted to eventually use on BATTLE ANGEL. I wasn’t as hot or cold on that tale of outer space environmentalism as most were, but my mind balks trying to picture what that massive spectacle could’ve been a try-out for. It did sound like BATTLE ANGEL would’ve been rendered entirely in the mo-cap process that was limited to just the Na’vi in AVATAR. And it could work, honestly. I think we can safely say that VFX artists have finally crossed the treacherous "uncanny valley" that's so dogged animators over the years.

Would you Anime Vice lunatics want to see this, though? It sounds like Cameron’s a genuine fan, but I think this project will ultimately be a casualty of him spreading himself too thin. Keep in mind, too, that these talks are about a project that’d be a much different level than the proposed DEATH NOTE and EVANGELION Hollywood adaptations. This is arguably the biggest filmmaker on Earth we're talking about.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
Avatar was the test run for Battle Angel? 
Whoa! This is a movie I want to see!
Nightwolfon Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
I never read the manga, but this could be a cool movie. 
damswedonon Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
I'm sceptical but I'm more willing to put more faith in Jimmy C than most of the other Hollywood adaptations of Anime/Manga.
JJOR64on Feb. 1, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
Holy crap.  We have an actual news article on here.
Chris2KLeeon Feb. 1, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
Loved the manga, and I think it has just the amount of visual crazy for a good James Cameron movie. Less Avatar and more T2 please.
MonetaryDreadon Feb. 1, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
Battle Angel was the OVA that made me a fan of anime. I hope JC does not screw this up.
hitsusatsu11on Feb. 1, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Good, I'd like to see this. 
I enjoyed the OVA
l3reakon Feb. 1, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.
Somehow I doubt this will ever happen, its been rumored so long. Ah, well, hopefully with all the clout & capital Cameron has it has a good chance of happening with how much easier good special effects are these days!
afrokolaon Feb. 1, 2011 at 6:38 p.m.
I'm glad he hasn't forgotten about this series, fuck he could be the one to do it total justice! Can't wait.
Flap_jacksonon Feb. 1, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
Cameron's words give me hope.
ShadowKnight508 moderator on Feb. 1, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.
@damswedon said:
" I'm sceptical but I'm more willing to put more faith in Jimmy C than most of the other Hollywood adaptations of Anime/Manga. "
Agreed. If someone can pull it off properly, James Cameron can pull it off. He has access to some of the greatest movie technology in the world, and hopefully he can make Battle Angel Alita so epic, it will blow our minds xD
Count_Zeroon Feb. 1, 2011 at 10 p.m.
James Cameron hasn't done anything to really squander his filmmaking capital with me. I'm looking forward to his take on Battle Angel Alita.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 1, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
Why are they even making an Avatar 2 or 3?? The first was nice, but too heavy handed in a message, and the story feels over. It had so many plot holes and no ambiguity. They never even tried to explain why this mineral was important to slaughter for. All they said is it's expensive. Not what it's used for. That scene of the Navi exodus from the Home Tree Inked like a remake of a painting I once saw of the Trail of Tears.
 
James Cameron shows promise, but I still expect some random movie with the Battle Angel's title slapped an it. 9 times out of 10,that's what you will get. 
damswedonon Feb. 2, 2011 at 4:09 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt: Jimmy came out and said just after Avatar was released and said that they put soo much money into generating assets that it would be bad business to not make more. Films have now become like Video Games.
LordCmdrStrykeron Feb. 2, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" Why are they even making an Avatar 2 or 3??  
Beeeeecause it made 3 billion dollars?
blaakmawfon Feb. 2, 2011 at 6:59 a.m.
Cool. I know nothing about Battle Angel though.
AuthenticMon Feb. 2, 2011 at 7:06 a.m.
Cameron should make Evangelion. It would be awesome.
Gingeron Feb. 2, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
Someday maybe, he seems to be a guy with load of  concepts and will, but less time. Battle Angel is a good comic, which goes with greater expectations. At least, he co-created "Dark Angel" series, which has some things in common with Alita's story (at least, cyberpunk sf style), the result was tasty (Alba!), so... could be nice. I wish "Dark Angel" wasn't suspended.
Gaffon Feb. 3, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
Oh boy! I can't wait! It's going to be busy what with the Evangelion live-action movie by WETA, the Akira live-action movie and now this!

Wait, it isn't 2003 anymore?

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