Will ‘Battle Angel’ be James Cameron’s Next Film After All?

Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel was meant to be the film that heralded the return of James Cameron.  Then it was to be a film shot back to back with Avatar, before it was put completely on hold in favor of Avatar.

It has since been speculated that Battle Angel would be Cameron’s next film, although Cameron himself has done nothing more than stamp a big “mabye” on the idea.

“Maybe, maybe,” Cameron told MTV last month when asked if Battle Angel would be his next film. “We’re going to look at that.”

Now producer Jon Landau, who worked as producer with Cameron on Titanic and Avatar and who will produce Battle Angel, has given fans their biggest hint yet that Battle Angel is finally on the way and may, in all likelihood, be Cameron’s next film.

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James Cameron Talks ‘Battle Angel’ and ‘Avatar 2′

Whilst attending the San Diego Comic-Con MTV managed to score a brief interview with James Cameron.

During the interview Cameron was asked if Battle Angel would be his next film.

“Maybe, maybe,” Cameron replied. “We’re going to look at that.”

Although MTV state in their article that Battle Angel is Cameron’s next feature film, I wouldn’t go jumping for joy just yet if you’re a Battle Angel fan.  Whilst attending the James Cameron/Peter Jackson panel an audience member asked the same question and Cameron basically said that he was still interested in the project, but not just yet.  Read more about the Battle Angel project and watch his reponse to the question here.

Additionally, at the end of the MTV interview Cameron manages to slip in the possibility that Avatar 2 could come before Battle Angel.  Given that the story to Avatar is said to lend itself to a trilogy, it certainly seems likely that if Avatar is a success, Cameron would be keen to finish off the trilogy that he started planning some 14 years ago.

Watch the MTV interview now:

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James Cameron on ‘Battle Angel’ – Yes, But Not Now

It has been more than four years since the announcement that James Cameron’s first major film project since Titanic would be a big budget sci-fi film titled Battle Angel.

Two years after the initial announcement and Cameron confirmed he was preparing to shoot not only Battle Angel but also another big budgt sci-fi film – Avatar.  It was thought both movies would be shot back-to-back and to make this happen two separate production teams were put to work.  Those plans didn’t eventuate.  Instead Battle Angel was put in limbo whilst Cameron went full steam ahead with Avatar.

Cameron said at the time: “I was going to do Battle Angel first and then Avatar. We spent a fair amount of time looking strategically at which order was the most cost effective, because we’re still doing both, in terms of the technical infrastructure that we had to create. We’re going to be using a lot of the same kind of performance capture systems and things like that on both films. We eventually came down on the side of it making sense for Avatar to go first, so Avatar is going first and then Battle Angel. But they’re really being done back-to-back.”

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James Clyne Talks ‘Battle Angel’ and ‘Avatar’

Battle Angel: Alita

Following hot on the heels of our report that James Cameron’s Battle Angel recently received a status update, Market Saw 3D have now posted an interesting interview with Battle Angel and Avatar’s Concept Designer, James Clyne.

In the interview Clyne states that his focus was on the character design of Alita (Battle Angel) and adds that the first year of the design process was spent nearly entirely on the mechanical side of Alita’s many incarnations.

“For Battle I was asked to focus in on the character design, primarily Alita herself,” he told Market Saw.  “I’d say the first year was spent entirely on the mechanics behind her many incarnations. For Avatar, most of my work’s emphasis was on everything human.”

If you’re unfamiliar with Battle Angel, the story is set in the 26th century some 300 years after a major war. It follows a 14 year old cyborg female named Alita who, buried in a scrap heap in a state of suspended animation, is discovered by a scientist named Ido. When resurrected she has no memory save that of martial arts.  She embarks on a fighting quest to learn more about her past and as she does, she progresses through many different cybernetic body models – the designs of which James Clyne says were both challenging and rewarding.

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James Cameron’s ‘Battle Angel’ Status Update

Battle Angel Alita

More than four years have passed since it was announced James Cameron’s first major film project since Titanic would be a big budget sci-fi film titled Battle Angel.  A follow up announcement two years later confirmed that Cameron was preparing to shoot not one but two big budget sci-fi films: Battle Angel and Avatar.  It was thought both movies might end up being shot back-to-back and so two separate production teams were put to work. Eventually, however, Battle Angel ended up becoming secondary to Avatar.

At the time, Cameron said: “I was going to do Battle Angel first and then Avatar. We spent a fair amount of time looking strategically at which order was the most cost effective, because we’re still doing both, in terms of the technical infrastructure that we had to create. We’re going to be using a lot of the same kind of performance capture systems and things like that on both films. We eventually came down on the side of it making sense for Avatar to go first, so Avatar is going first and then Battle Angel. But they’re really being done back-to-back.”

Three years on and there has been no news on the status of Battle Angel – that is, until now.

Battle Angel Alita

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