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He's been busy making the sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time, "Avatar," but James Cameron says he's ready to finally start work on "Battle Angel Alita" in 2017. Adapted from the popular manga series, "Battle Angel" has been in slow development for more than a decade. It was originally set to be produced after 2009's "Avatar," but the success of that film committed Cameron to work on sequels, which he has been working on ever since for Twentieth Century Fox. Plus, like "Avatar," Cameron was waiting for computer-generated image technology to catch up with what he wanted to do. While Cameron was quite innovative when it came to technology when making "Avatar," he recently told a technology forum in Mexico City that the focus on the "Avatar" sequels is more on story and character, »
The Titanic director has offered an update on the long-gestating manga adaptation, reports The Film Stage.
The director confirmed that the movie is still in the works, saying that its themes of transhuman evolution had "haunted" him for years.
By 2017 Cameron is expected to have completed work on his two sequels to 2009's Avatar.
Battle Angel centres around a cyborg found on a rubbish heap with no memory of her former life.
A kindly doctor takes her in and repairs her, leaving her free to begin a quest to uncover her lost memories.
News Simon Brew 8 Jul 2013 - 06:24
James Cameron has a busy few years ahead of him, with production set to start next year on a pair of sequel to Avatar. Avatar 2 is tentatively set for the end of 2015, with Avatar 3 the year after. That said, expect that schedule to 'evolve'.
So where does that leave Cameron's long-in-gestation anime adaptation, Battle Angel? Well, still on the cooker, as it stands.
Cameron was talking to technology forum TagDF in Mexico City last week, and he confirmed that Battle Angel was still a live project for him, with the plan being, perhaps inevitably, to "begin to develop" the film in 2017. Begin to develop is a long way away from 'film', so we suspect that the wait »
In the not-so-distant past – before James Cameron’s Avatar shattered box office records and displaced his own Titanic to become the all-time money-making champion – Cameron had plans to make Battle Angel, based on the beloved Japanese manga series. Unfortunately, momentum on that project has stalled for a decade as Cameron has focused his energy on the Avatar trilogy.
Despite numerous promises that the movie will happen, fans have understandably had their doubts. However, during the technology forum Tag Df in Mexico City, Cameron shared a talk with Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and offered up a surprising timeline for his next three projects – he plans to tackle Battle Angel in 2017 after Avatar 2 and 3 have been finished.
Cameron dropped the comments in the midst of a discussion about, among other things, the role of technology in films ...
- Anthony Vieira
It's a project he's been talking about for at least a decade, but with the all-consuming expanded Avatar universe occupying his immediate future, many assumed that James Cameron had reluctantly consigned his once cherished Manga adaptation Battle Angel to the scrapheap of the might-have-been. Not so, according to an interview he's just given at Mexico City's tech-fest TagDF. With admirable forward planning, his current Battle Angel agenda, it seems, is to get cracking post-Avatar sequels in 2017. Beginning with Avatar, Cameron says that the sequels will shift the focus from awe-inspiring technology to a greater investment in story and character. It's here that he makes the leap to Battle Angel, explaining that themes of trans-human exploration have "haunted" him for years, and are as much a part of the cyberpunk manga as they are of the blue-alien space opera. 2017, however, is the year he says Battle Angel's development stage will begin, »
While there, he revealed that he is keen on exploring trans-human themes, themes that will extend to his "Battle Angel" feature. Cameron says he will begin to develop "Battle Angel" in 2017, likely when work on "Avatar 3" is over.
Cameron also took the opportunity to shoot down 3D conversion jobs: "One thing is shooting in 3D and another is to convert to 3D," and that films like Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 "should not necessarily be in 3D. If you spend $150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to [look] spectacular [and] perfect."
- Garth Franklin
With director James Cameron hard at work writing back-to-back sequels to his box office record-setting smash Avatar --which don't have specified dates as of yet but could very well be shooting for December 2015 and 2016--anime and Manga fans may be wondering what that means for Cameron's insistence that he plans to develop and direct a live action movie based on Battle Angel . We hadn't really heard anything from Cameron about the project since last year, but when the Oscar-winning filmmaker was down in Mexico City earlier this week to speak at the technology forum TagDF, a local site called Diario La Verdad was in attendance to document some of the more interesting bits of the panel, and fortunately, our pals at The Film Stage speak Spanish and they translated the text to »
About a year ago, James Cameron revealed that he can deliver any message and story he wants through his "Avatar" franchise, adding that he no longer feels the need to make any other movies other than "Avatar" sequels. Several months later, Cameron said that he really loves the story for "Battle Angel," promising to make the movie immediately after "Avatar 4." And now at the TagDF conference in Mexico City, the director revealed that he plans to begin developing "Battle Angel" in 2017, while he's still in post-production on "Avatar 3." We've heard Cameron and his producer Jon Landau talk about "Battle Angel" many times in the past. It looks like they're now becoming serious about the project. It also sounds like we'll have two new "Avatar" films in just four years. "Battle Angel" is set in a cyborg-dominated 26th century, 300 years after society fell to a catastrophic war. The main character is »
James Cameron had previously said the he only envisioned working on Avatar for the foreseeable future. With the confirmation that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 would be coming, we all but assumed that Cameron's long in development Battle Angel would fall by the wayside. That does not appear to be the case and we actually have a date to look forward to. At the TagDF forum in Mexico City, Cameron said he plans to begin developing Battle Angel in 2017 while he is in post-production on Avatar »
- Alex Maidy
For every movie that makes it all the way from someone's brain to the big screen, dozens are doomed to spend eternity in Hollywood purgatory — because, quite frankly, getting a major motion picture made is a total bitch.
Only a small fraction of screenplays ever catch the attention of a studio and get put into production, and as you'll see, even that is no guarantee they'll ever be finished. In the messy, ridiculously complicated and maddening process of getting movies made, sometimes even the best ideas slip through the cracks.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of 15 potentially great movies that Hollywood has done some serious slacking on.
1. 'The Tourist'
A far cry from the forgettable Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie movie of the same name, "The Tourist" is a famously beautiful script about a group of exiled aliens living human lives in Manhattan — think a darker, »
- Adam D'Arpino
Feature James Peaty Feb 11, 2013
What does the future hold for the Terminator franchise, and how can it regain its early 90s success? James takes a closer look...
It’s been a tough few years if you’re a fan of The Terminator franchise. With the creative belly flop that was Terminator Salvation (2009) coming just a few months after the cancellation of TV spin-off, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the game was finally up for the once venerable series.
However, thanks to the bankruptcy of former rights holder, The Halcyon Company, and the deep pockets of producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the franchise now finds itself at a potentially interesting crossroads. Where once it was owned by a company overjoyed at hiring the dubious talents of director McG, now the franchise’s future is controlled by an outfit that has backed, in the space of a year, »
After paying a pretty penny for the rights to the “Terminator” franchise (millions upon millions upon millions, we hear — or something like that), Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are apparently ready to move forward with a sequel. The studios have now hired writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to script the next installment in the sci-fi series. Obviously it’s still way too early to know where the installment is going, or what it’ll be about, or even if it’ll be canon to the previous four movies, but I’m sure that won’t stop people from speculating anyway. We do know that Laeta Kalogridis was a producer on James Cameron’s “Avatar”, and recently wrote a draft of Cameron’s “Battle Angel”. She also has Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” and Timur Bekmambetov’s “Night Watch” on her resume. Pretty impressive, I’d say. Patrick Lussier, on the other hand, »
With Arnold Schwarzenegger's big comeback movie The Last Stand set to hit theatres this weekend, we're finally getting an update on the latest installment in what is his most successful franchise of all time. The Terminator series has changed hands a number of times in recent years, and after the disappointing performance of Terminator Salvation, it eventually ended up being acquired by Megan Ellison (Annapurna Pictures) and her brother David (Skydance Productions). Since then it has been unclear whether they were intending to continue the story from Terminator Salvation or do something completely different. While we still don't know what their plan is, we do know that the project is slowly moving forward with a pair of screenwriters being hired this week to get the ball rolling. Can they possibly come up with a story that will get this franchise back on track? According to Deadline, Skydance and Annapurna »
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