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James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.

Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!

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Alita Battle Angel

For several years now, James Cameron has been planning to make a live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. But he’s been tied up with the Avatar sequels, and has even suggested he might only direct Avatar movies from now on. So where does that leave Battle Angel Alita?

Well, as of today, in the capable hands of director Robert Rodriguez. The Machete director is confirmed to helm the manga adaptation, now going by the slightly different title Alita: Battle Angel. Cameron remains on board as a producer, along with Jon Landau. Read all about the Alita Battle Angel Robert Rodriguez news after the jump.  Read More »

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As popular as his movies are, James Cameron himself is slightly mysterious. Sure, he’ll get out to promote his work, or use his celebrity status to speak about important issues. Those occasions just don’t provide a great chance to meet the man himself.

Which is why when James Cameron took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything session, it was so incredibly fascinating. He talked about his family life, songs he sings in the shower, and his preference between dogs and cats. Below, however, you won’t find any of that. Below we’ve complied the best of Cameron’s film-related answers. There’s some really great stuff.

Cameron offers an update on the status of the Avatar sequels and Battle Angel, discusses whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear, comments on the possibility of True Lies 2, offers his thoughts on Prometheus, Titanic criticisms, Oculus Rift, Avatar Land, why all movies should be in 3D, if he’s excited for the new Terminator films, and explains why he loves Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil. One Redditor even got him to change a line of dialogue in an Avatar sequel. Read all about the James Cameron AMA  below. Read More »


James Cameron is a broken record when it comes to talking about adapting Yukito Kishiro‘s manga Battle Angel Alita. He’s been talking about the film since before 2007 but then went off and made a few billion dollars with Avatar. That meant Battle Angel was put on the back burner. Still, he keeps saying the same thing. In 2011, he still wanted to do the movie. In 2012, he continued to say it was a possibility. Then Cameron’s producer, Jon Landau, suggested he could get around to it in four or five years.

Now the director himself echoes those sentiments, again. At a recent conference he said his plan now is to make Battle Angel after Avatar 3, which would likely be in or around 2017. Plus, he said films like Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 should not have been in 3D and Hollywood is overusing the technique. Read More »

Producer Jon Landau clarified last week that there were no plans to shoot Avatar 4 just yet, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be one coming down the line eventually. Filmmaker James Cameron has said previously that he’s considering the possibility of a fourth Avatar, and he already has a few ideas for the possible film. For starters, he explains, it won’t really be a sequel, but a prequel.

But before that gets going, Landau says Cameron will be turning his attentions to the long-gestating Battle Angel. Read more about Cameron’s plans for the future after the jump.

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James Cameron recently said that he’s only interested in making Avatar movies from here on out:

I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them.

The quote was a punch in the gut for many fans hoping Cameron would continue to develop new projects, especially Battle Angel Alita, which has been on his plate for several years. But he has already developed that one enough that we thought it could still squeeze through. Indeed, Cameron has now backed off his quote just a bit, revealing that Battle Angel Alita might still happen. Read his quote below. Read More »

James Cameron Offers Brief ‘Battle Angel’ Update

In short: he still wants to do the movie.

There are many projects that have been associated with James Cameron, and until Avatar seriously went into production he had several films that seemed perpetually like they could actually move forward, or vanish altogether. They include The Dive, Project 880 / Avatar, and Battle Angel, the final one being based on the manga Battle Angel Alita. Obviously Avatar is the film that eventually got the go ahead.

With the director signed to make two sequels to Avatar, possibly shot back to back, he’s going to be busy for the next few years. But Battle Angel, which follows a cyborg who is found and repaired by a scientist, lingers. So would he give it up to another director, or is this a film that James Cameron wants to make himself, someday in the future? The answer seems to be that he’s holding on to it for now. Read More »


James Cameron has been talking about the possibility of an adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for many years, but any actual film has remained on the distant horizon. Last year, as the release of Avatar was approaching, Cameron said he wasn’t positive he was still going to make the film, and that The Dive might be his next feature. That was counter to other reports that suggested Alita was deep in pre-production.

Cameron has said that the tech of Avatar would be instrumental in making Battle Angel Alita, and his comments about possibly not making the film now seem like a smokescreen, as he continues to talk about the project. Thanks to the release of Avatar on DVD this week, Cameron is doing the interview rounds again, and he spoke about Battle Angel Alita yesterday in LA. Read More »

James Cameron Updates Battle Angel Alita Status


James Cameron has been talking about potentially remaking the manga Battle Angel Alita for some time now, but it’s always seemed like a distant reality. Now Cameron is hinting that the tech he’s developed for Avatar will be instrumental in Alita, and that the film may actually be closer than we thought. Dare we get our hopes up?

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Jon Landau has collaborated with James Cameron in producing both Titanic and Avatar and, with a bit of luck and a following wind, will go on and collaborate with him further in the future. But on which projects, exactly? Talking to the French magazine Le Film, Landau has given some indication of which pictures Cameron is planning to tackle next: his long awaited manga adaptation Battle Angle Alita, underwater romance The Dive and even a sequel to Avatar.

After the break, how Landau pitched the premise for that follow-up to this year’s most hyped movie.

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