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Cameron on B. Angel

12.15.2009

My head is spinning from all the rumors swirling around James Cameron’s next project. A few days ago it was a remake of THE FANTASTIC VOYAGE, a day before that, a space samurai epic “event” film. But now we’re back to one we’ve been hearing about for a while now, BATTLE ANGEL, now apparently expanding its title to BATTLE ANGEL ALITA.

Cameron recently talked to MTV about what’s going on with the project, and it seems to be a lot further along than any of those other rumored films, as it's about a year into production already. It’s not certain if it’s actually his “next” per se, but after reading about it a few months ago, I have to say that I really, truly hope it is. Here’s what he had to say:

"The mixture of live-action and CG is a little trickier in 3-D than it is 2-D," Cameron told MTV News. "Now we see it's good to have done 'Avatar' first before 'Battle Angel,' because the tricky scenes are where you're blending live-action photography, stereoscopic photography and CG."

"Shooting live stuff in 3-D and then adding CG characters and landscapes beyond that, that's a little tricky," he explained.

As for where the film stands, Cameron seemed to indicate that "Alita" is still on his radar — though he hasn't progressed to the point of casting the film thus far.

"We're not that far down the line," he said. "We have a very good script and we've done a lot of production design. We've done about a year of production design and we've put together an art reel that shows the arc of the film."

"It's pretty much just add water and we're ready to go," he laughed.

Head to MTV to see him say all this and more on video.

Extra Tidbit: Something isn't right with all these rumors. Cameron doesn't make a movie for 12 years and then all of a sudden has three new films and two AVATAR sequels in the works? I'm not buying it.
Source: MTV

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11:08AM on 12/16/2009

Cool

Come on Cameron, back to work!
Come on Cameron, back to work!
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1:14AM on 12/16/2009

The Battle Angel manga is a masterpiece.

I'm glad Cameron used Avatar as the experiment for this new technology and not Battle Angel. Now with Battle Angel he knows first hand what works and what doesn't.
I'm glad Cameron used Avatar as the experiment for this new technology and not Battle Angel. Now with Battle Angel he knows first hand what works and what doesn't.
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10:12PM on 12/15/2009
hrmm, perhaps, during his 12 year absence, he was writing down all these ideas and privately funding some explorations into some of them when he wasnt doing stuff on deep sea creatures. the 2 other parts to avatar i can see because during the making of the first he could have easily plotted out 2 more just for fun as a ' what if' project.
hrmm, perhaps, during his 12 year absence, he was writing down all these ideas and privately funding some explorations into some of them when he wasnt doing stuff on deep sea creatures. the 2 other parts to avatar i can see because during the making of the first he could have easily plotted out 2 more just for fun as a ' what if' project.
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8:36PM on 12/15/2009

Yes

Very excited for this.

If Avatar is even slightly a dissapointment, Battle Angel would pick Cameron right back to the extreme top.
Very excited for this.

If Avatar is even slightly a dissapointment, Battle Angel would pick Cameron right back to the extreme top.
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7:16PM on 12/15/2009
I'm actually more interested in seeing this than Avatar. I've read about the manga it's based on and it's nuts. And to think Cameron is adapting it with the tech developed from Avatar makes my anticipation meter go hawire right now. I REALLY hope he gets cracking on this after Avatar.
I'm actually more interested in seeing this than Avatar. I've read about the manga it's based on and it's nuts. And to think Cameron is adapting it with the tech developed from Avatar makes my anticipation meter go hawire right now. I REALLY hope he gets cracking on this after Avatar.
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11:00PM on 12/15/2009
I've read the whole series twice, and it is beyond excellent. I actually thought he WAS making this before Avatar.
I've read the whole series twice, and it is beyond excellent. I actually thought he WAS making this before Avatar.
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5:24PM on 12/15/2009
He's built up a huge wad he has to blow after all those years. I hope he keeps a pace with some quality.
He's built up a huge wad he has to blow after all those years. I hope he keeps a pace with some quality.
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4:58PM on 12/15/2009
FINALLY!!!! This is one of my favorite manga's and I can not wait to see what Cameron will do it on the big screen.
FINALLY!!!! This is one of my favorite manga's and I can not wait to see what Cameron will do it on the big screen.
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4:00PM on 12/15/2009
YES! I've been waiting for him to get cracking on this sucker for OVER A YEAR!!!! I still remember when Avatar was only a 4-digit code, and Cameron was talking about his interest in Battle Angel. Around that time I also found the website of one of the concept artists who did work on Battle Angel. He said he had done extensive work, and added that Cameron constantly changed his ideas for visual approach. This movie needs to get made by Cameron already so I can die peacefully.
YES! I've been waiting for him to get cracking on this sucker for OVER A YEAR!!!! I still remember when Avatar was only a 4-digit code, and Cameron was talking about his interest in Battle Angel. Around that time I also found the website of one of the concept artists who did work on Battle Angel. He said he had done extensive work, and added that Cameron constantly changed his ideas for visual approach. This movie needs to get made by Cameron already so I can die peacefully.
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2:19PM on 12/15/2009

oh yes

this is awesome.
this is awesome.
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1:54PM on 12/15/2009
I think the reason Cameron is excited and taking on multiple projects (mainly Battle Angel Alita though, he's only producing those other films) is because Avatar took SO long to realize. It took him YEARS have to develop a new fully realized camera system, and and then even more years creating a new CGI solution with his "volume" and the whole emotion capture stuff and like how he talked about figuring out how to creating CGI in live action using stereoscopic film. Now that its all pretty much
I think the reason Cameron is excited and taking on multiple projects (mainly Battle Angel Alita though, he's only producing those other films) is because Avatar took SO long to realize. It took him YEARS have to develop a new fully realized camera system, and and then even more years creating a new CGI solution with his "volume" and the whole emotion capture stuff and like how he talked about figuring out how to creating CGI in live action using stereoscopic film. Now that its all pretty much worked out, he's like, cool, I can finally start making all of these cool movies i wasn't able to do before.
I can tell you one thing is certain, from now and throughout the next decade, hollywood is going to be totally PWNED by Cameron.
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2:25PM on 12/15/2009
couldnt agree more
couldnt agree more
1:33PM on 12/15/2009

Do it man!

its about the only project i can think about that would possibly challenge him further than Avatar. Unless he tackles Endymion/Hyperion.
its about the only project i can think about that would possibly challenge him further than Avatar. Unless he tackles Endymion/Hyperion.
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