James Cameron still wants to make a Battle Angel Alita film.One day.Maybe

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The genius director has a lot on his plate lately, from his voyage to the bottom of the world, through to his work in Hollywood on Avatar and a 3D re-release of Titanic.

But tall smurfs and sinking ships aren’t the only thing that Cameron has a passion for. The man has been holding onto the rights to make a movie based on the cult Japanese manga, Battle Angel Alita for quite a few years now, teasing fans with false starts and promises as to when he would get started on it.

And he recently had a little something more to say about the project.

Speaking to MTV, Cameron said that while he still wants to develop it eventually, right now, Avatar was a whole lot more important to him.

[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’.

Alright, so you don’t want to make the movie for what we can presume will be at least a decade, right Mr Cameron. How about letting someone else handle it then?

It would have to be pried out of my cold, dead fingers. But on the other hand I don’t want to take it to my grave, either.

One of the main reasons why Cameron has been so interested in developing Battle Angel ALita and its tale of humanity, robots and survival, is due to the way that it mirrors the life of his very own daughters;

Battle Angel, I think, is a science fiction movie that begs the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’ It takes place in a future world, a world that has cyborgs, but are you human if you have a mind, if you have a heart, if you have a soul?

It’s a journey of a young girl who tries to discover herself and what she learns upon that journey… I just love the character. Maybe it’s from having daughters.

I have three daughters, and thinking about what it’s like, the main character is this little girl that everybody kind of ignores. She’s got such a heroic heart on the inside, I’ve always loved that character.

Fair enough then, but at this rate, I’m going to be as grey as Cameron himself before this film ever gets made.

Last Updated: April 19, 2012

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