James Cameron Discusses Battle Angel Alita on Reddit

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Director James Cameron held an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit on Saturday. A poster "ChurchOfJamesCameron" asked, " Why the shift from Battle Angel to producing more Avatar films? Is it the overwhelming success Avatar generated or the drive to develop the world Avatar exists in more? How much more do we not know about their world/universe?"

Cameron responded: "My intention when I made Avatar was to do Battle Angel next. However, the positive feedback for Avatar and the support of the message of Avatar, encouraged me to do more of those films. For me, the success was a factor because I was encouraged by the fact that an environmental film, or a film about nature, could be successful. It's certainly not just about money. I'm considering success to mean the measure of the ability of the film to communicate. Every director wants their film to communicate. The biggest factor, however, is the drive to continue developing the world-- more characters, more creatures with unfettered creativity."

He also reaffirmed that the Battle Angel Alita live-action film will not take place until the Avatar sequels are finished "which will be a number of years."

Cameron said in an interview last year that he plans to start developing the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita(GUNNM) manga in 2017. Manga creator Yukito Kishiro announced on his blog in January that he will start a new GUNNM manga series in the second half of 2014.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip

[Via Deadline]

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