James Cameron plans to make ‘Battle Angel’ after ‘Avatar’ is done
But he will never let it go.
Anyone who had been following what James Cameron was developing would know about ‘Battle Angel’, a film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s manga Battle Angel Alita as something he would write and direct. But then he began to develop Avatar and now is working on the two sequels for that movie, so people wondered whether he would ever return to that property in his busy schedule. But fear not, he’s still very much planning to do it.
The director talks to MTV about what attracts him to Battle Angel itself:
“Battle Angel, I think, is a science fiction movie that begs the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’ It takes place in a future world, a world that has cyborgs, but are you human if you have a mind, if you have a heart, if you have a soul? It’s a journey of a young girl who tries to discover herself and what she learns upon that journey… I just love the character. Maybe it’s from having daughters. I have three daughters, and thinking about what it’s like, the main character is this little girl that everybody kind of ignores. She’s got such a heroic heart on the inside, I’ve always loved that character.”
But here’s the reason why he’s focusing on ‘Avatar’ sequels before moving on to that property:
“I see the good the ‘Avatar’ franchise can do in terms of keeping a world audience cognizant of our relationship with nature, but doing it in an entertainment context. Ultimately I think there’s more good to be done there than with ‘Battle Angel.’ ‘Battle Angel’ is just a great, kick ass story.”
But hey, he’s not one to let it go:
“It would have to be pried out of my cold, dead fingers. But on the other hand I don’t want to take it to my grave, either.”
I can understand him wanting to sequelize Avatar before moving on to ‘Battle Angel’, but I don’t see why them being environmentally more important is a factor. Oh well, at least this is a promise we’ll get to see the film somewhere down the line.