A lot of James Cameron talk this week–first we heard there would be no fourth “Avatar,” then we heard there would be a fourth “Avatar,” and now we hear that Cameron may be on again with another on and off project: “Battle Angel.”
Coming Soon reports via Moviezine (which is in Swedish–read the original here if you can read Swedish) that Cameron’s very open producer Jon Landau said that Cameron’s adaptation of the manga is still a possibility:
“We’ll focus on ‘Avatar’ for the next four or five years. Hopefully right after that… I am confident you will see it. It’s one of my favorite stories, I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: ‘What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?’ And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences.”
“Battle Angel” was written by Yukito Kishiro. Here’s the synopsis:
Set in a cyborg-dominated 26th century, 300 years after society fell to a catastrophic war, Battle Angel follows a young girl in a cyborg body who, after being found in wreckage and repaired, realizes that she has lost her memory and doesn’t even know who she really is.
Laeta Kalogridis wrote the latest version of the screenplay, which supposedly combines the first three volumes of the story.
Now this was Landau talking; earlier this year, Cameron had said if he was going do “Battle Angel,” it wouldn’t be until far into the future because he was too into “Avatar.” Here’s the quote from MTV via ComingSoon:
“‘Battle Angel’ is just a great, kick-ass story…”[But] I see the good that the ‘Avatar’ franchise can do in terms of keeping a world audience cognizant of our relationship with nature, but doing it in an entertainment context. Ultimately, I think there’s more good to be done there than with ‘Battle Angel’.”
Kishiro probably heard that and thought, “Thanks for calling my work frivolous.”
Considering the “Avatar” schedule, it seems like the earliest “Battle Angel” could happen is 2017. But that’s not too far away, is it?