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Says he'll start development in 2017

08 July 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Film Stage (translated from Laverdad)

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It's a project he's been talking about for at least a decade, but with the all-consuming expanded Avatar universe occupying his immediate future, many assumed that James Cameron had reluctantly consigned his once cherished Manga adaptation Battle Angel to the scrapheap of the might-have-been. Not so, according to an interview he's just given at Mexico City's tech-fest TagDF. With admirable forward planning, his current Battle Angel agenda, it seems, is to get cracking post-Avatar sequels in 2017

Beginning with Avatar, Cameron says that the sequels will shift the focus from awe-inspiring technology to a greater investment in story and character. It's here that he makes the leap to Battle Angel, explaining that themes of trans-human exploration have "haunted" him for years, and are as much a part of the cyberpunk manga as they are of the blue-alien space opera. 2017, however, is the year he says Battle Angel's development stage will begin, presumably around the time of Avatar 3's post-production, or once it's fully complete.

Battle Angel, if you're new here, is based on Yukito Kishiro's nine-volume manga Battle Angel Alita ("Gun / Dream" in Japan): the story of an amnesiac female cyborg who becomes a bounty hunter, after being rescued from the rubbish dump and rebuilt by a professor of cybernetics. There was a short-lived stab at an anime version in 1993.

Cameron's talk of beginning development in four years' time kind of contradicts his statement of three years ago, when he revealed that a year of pre-production had happened, test reels had been produced, and that Battle Angel was at the "just add water" stage. But with the rapid developments in technology since then, it seems reasonable to assume that much of the work already completed is now already out of date, and will only be more so by 2017. With that in mind, a complete start-over makes sense, although we're sure the ground-work won't be wasted.

Good news then for those who have had an eye on this tantalising project for, like, ever. Its still a loooong way off though: if Cameron really does only begin Battle Angel in 2017, it's going to be close to 2020 before we finally get to see it. We'll all have flying skateboards and self-tying trainers by then. In the meantime, there's the small matter of Avatars 2 and 3, currently expected, at the earliest, in 2015.


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L: BenTramer True Lies was 19 years ago, Titanic was 16 years ago. He was gone for years and now it's all sci-fi again. James Cameron is an extremely talented guy, let's see him try something different in other genres. hey're more recent than T1, T2 and Aliens... More

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L: whitelighter Why oh why, when I read people talking about James Cameron movies, no one ever mentions The Abyss. Am I the only one that REALLY loves this movie?? Why should Cameron do something different? If you do something really well & you love that genre then why change? That's like telling Tim Burton not to do Dark/Gothic movies. Burton would have a meltdown! Hi For me The Abyss is James Cameron's best film and I would rather he got his finger out and got it out More

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WHO NEEDS ANOTHER WAR MOVIE???? I'm so tired of war movies, they've been DONE TO DEATH! I wish Spielberg would get a grip and stop with all this classic crap and make some new Sci-Fi Fantasy! ROBOPOCALYPSE!!!!! More

Posted by HulkySmashSmash at 21:42 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

Good news, everyone!
I've been waiting for BATTLE ANGEL since the announcement of "Project 880" (which turned out to be AVATAR) back in 2007. I cannot wait for the AVATAR sequel, though. T2 and ALIENS are two of the best sequels (and movies) ever, so I can only imagine the awesomeness of the next AVATAR. - - - - AVATAR 2. Making sweet love to your eyeballs in 2015. Nothing else matters. More

Posted by kielerkai at 21:35 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: One-Trick Pony
Why oh why, when I read people talking about James Cameron movies, no one ever mentions The Abyss. Am I the only one that REALLY loves this movie?? Why should Cameron do something different? If you do something really well & you love that genre then why change? That's like telling Tim Burton not to do Dark/Gothic movies. Burton would have a meltdown! More

Posted by whitelighter at 13:55 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

True Lies was 19 years ago, Titanic was 16 years ago. He was gone for years and now it's all sci-fi again. James Cameron is an extremely talented guy, let's see him try something different in other genres. More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:37 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

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Err, have you forgotten True Lies (action genre) and Titanic (romantic epic)?! More

Posted by officerMarc at 13:29 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

One-Trick Pony
I like James Cameron's movies a lot but I do wish he'd try something outside the sci-fi genre. He's pretty much made THE definitive sci-fi movies with Terminator 1 & 2 and Aliens and Avatar and Battle Angel continue that, but there are so many more topics he could tackle. I'd love to see a James Cameron World War II movie, he's done dives to the wreck of the Nazi battleship Bismarck. It would be a shame if he left us with only a handful of sci-fi movies even though they are classics of the g More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:12 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

Good to hear he still loves BATTLE ANGEL
After all, it takes years for a director to finally make a film he's going to direct. For example, Edgar Wright signed on to direct ANT-MAN in July 2006, and when the film comes out in November 2015, it would have been in the making for over nine years. Christopher Nolan wrote the first script treatment of INCEPTION in late-2001/early-2002, took him eight to nine years to get made. So, I'll patiently wait for BATTLE ANGEL. As for the two AVATAR sequels, bring them on because I want to see where More

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