James Cameron Still Wants to Direct ‘Battle Angel’ but Thinks ‘Avatar 2′ Can Help the World
Hey, we’re not the ones who’re saying this, it’s filmmaker James Cameron. He thinks the world can be changed by his own movies and the messages they’re slathering onto the big screen and…maybe he’s right?
While James Cameron was out and about promoting ‘Titanic 3D,’ he was asked as to when he would finally get his other project ‘Battle Angel‘ off of the ground. If you were hoping that it would be out within the next couple of years then you’re sorely mistaken. He won’t be touching the project anytime soon and that’s only because his main priorities are to make ‘Avatar 2‘ and ‘Avatar 3.’
While talking to MTV, James Cameron explains why he’s more adamant to get ‘Avatar 2′ on the big screen more so than ‘Battle Angel’: “I see the good 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. So ultimately I think there’s more good to be done there than with ‘Battle Angel.’ ‘Battle Angel’ is just a great, kick ass story.”
Cameron did bring awareness about the environment to light a couple of years ago thanks to the monster hit ‘Avatar‘ (but then again, it’s not like it’s the first time we saw a structurally formulaic plot point out the dangers of man when he corrupts the environment – ‘Ferngully’ – but that’s neither here nor there).
It’s obvious that James Cameron would ultimately put ‘Avatar 2′ first before any other project. ‘Avatar’ was his baby, a long time in the making that paid off rather well. He’s not afraid to latch onto the sequel for the next couple of years, pushing off anything else that could come his way.
At the same time it may be a good thing that he’s not really going after ‘Battle Angel.’ The story, though rather good, originates from a Japanese manga (“Battle Angel Alita”) and those have unfortunately fallen out of style with a large number of American readers within the past five to seven years. Maybe this is a slight blessing in disguise.