James Cameron Hasn’t Forgotten About ‘Battle Angel’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 12:14 pm,

Before Avatar was even released, the word “trilogy” was getting tossed around and many were clamoring for details about sequels to a film they hadn’t even seen yet. Director James Cameron wasn’t just finishing up a fifteen-year-old labor of love, he was committing to a franchise and a brand that – at this point – has taken on a life of its own.

Further Avatar films were inevitable, but the prospect of two sequels potentially shooting back-to-back calls into question the future of other films Cameron’s had on the back-burner – specifically, Battle Angel.

Coming Soon recently sat down with Cameron to talk about Avatar’s upcoming theatrical re-release and he spoke briefly about Battle Angel and his desire to see it happen:

“It’s still on my radar. It’s a story I love. We wrote the script back before we started Avatar and again, we gotta figure out where it lies. I don’t have infinite time.”

For those unfamiliar with Battle Angel, it’s based on the manga-turned-anime series Battle Angel Alita, which tells the story of an amnesic female cyborg who becomes a bounty hunter. The film would utilize the same 3D motion-capture technology as Avatar and Cameron has stated it would encompass the first three volumes of the manga.

Like Avatar, Battle Angel would mark the first chapter in a trilogy – so you can see why many Battle Angel fans aren’t holding their breath just yet. With Avatar at the apex of its popularity, launching another ambitious franchise simultaneously may seem daunting even for a filmmaker as fearless as Cameron. However, don’t count out the possibility just yet.

While Cameron remains understandably excited about further explorations of Pandora, he hasn’t definitively decided that Avatar 2 will be his next film:

“I’m perfectly comfortable going back to that world. The question I haven’t answered for myself yet is am I comfortable going back to that world right now or do I do another movie in between?”

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As intriguing as Cameron’s ideas for Avatar sequels are, Battle Angel is a great fit for his sensibilities and I’d love to see him finally get that property on the big screen. If you remember his short-lived television show Dark Angel, it’s clear what an influence Battle Angel has had on his work.

Personally, I don’t think Avatar’s fan base is going anywhere, but I understand how passionate Cameron is about that mythology and how tempting ($$$$) it must be to go in and expand on it, now that he’s got an audience that’s just as invested.

There’s also the option of Cameron simply producing Battle Angel and letting someone else direct the film. For now, let’s just take solace in knowing he hasn’t forgotten about it all together.

Check out Coming Soon for the full interview which includes additional info on Avatar’s re-release and the upcoming Aliens Blu-ray.

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  1. I wish Cameron would do this film before Avatar 2, but in all likely hood, he’ll have to give it to another director. That’s really gonna suck because Cameron is the only reason I’m looking forwar to this film. All the anime/manga adaptations have been ridiculous, but IMO Cameron can has yet to disappointment me with his films. Besides, it’s not like he’s a stranger to films about cyborgs. He created Terminator after all.

    Sadly, It’ll be a long time before it goes anywhere if Cameron does intend to shoot Avatar 2 and 3 back-to-back.

  2. I’m hoping Cameron directs ‘Alita’

  3. Hmmmm … can’t find “Battle Angel” on Netflix … bummer

    • You can watch it for free on VEOH, INK…

  4. Whatever he does next i’ll see. Cameron can do no wrong…well titanic was kinda not my taste but i don’t make movies…

  5. If I guess correctly he won’t start shooting the Avatar sequels until late 2012 or early 2013, he’s still got to write and polish the scrips, plus he said he was going to write a prequel in the form of a novel. So if were lucky he’ll start shooting Battle Angel sometime in 2011.

  6. Somebody needs to make a Gunslinger girl movie. Chloe Moretz reminded me of that anime. She would make a good Henrietta.

  7. I mean Triela

  8. I’m hoping that Cameron will do a “normal/regular” film next, something like True Lies. A thriller….just something different to what he’s been doing recently……..

  9. That would be awesome if Cameron would direct Battle Angel! Cameron is great at making science fiction movies, and plus I am a huge fan of the Alita series!

  10. Cameron seems like he could use a protégé any takers? Gee folks, just when is the guy suppose to rest?

  11. Yeah this dude is so busy and gets so involved in his work he wont have time for anything with Battle Angel and the Avatar Universe on his plate.