A few years ago James Cameron was deciding whether Avatar or Battle Angel would be his return to directing after nearly a decade long absence. He eventually moved forward with Avatar, as we know, and he has just signed up to direct Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 back-to-back for December 2014 and December 2015.
Fans of the manga comic Battle Angel Alita. which follows a cyborg who is found and repaired by a scientist, have been patiently waiting for Cameron to make it into a movie and while the director will be busy for the next 5 years, he insists he still wants to direct it.
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.’”
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.
Last year Cameron said:
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.
I think there are a few other directors who could possibly tackle Battle Angel, but it looks like Cameron is keeping his hands on it for now. At this rate we can expect Battle Angel in 2020!