James Cameron Still Has Plans for Battle Angel Adaptation

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James Cameron has been working non-stop writing sequels to his box office hit movie, Avatar, but the filmmaker revealed that he hasn’t given up on his adaptation for the anime and manga, “Battle Angel.” The adaptation would be a live-action imagining of the popular story. 

Cameron hadn’t spilled any news about the project since last year, but recently he was in Mexico City where he told fans and reporters that he still plans to start development on Battle Angel. Unfortunately, he put the time for development sometime in 2017. Though he told the audience that the stories themes of trans-human exploration has “haunted” him for years

With the 2017 date, it would put Battle Angel as his next project after Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. 

“Battle Angel” is a manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990 and originally published in Shueisha’s Business Jump magazine. Two of the nine-volume comics were adapted into two anime original video animation episodes titled Battle Angel for North American release by ADV Films and the UK and Australian release by Manga Entertainment. Manga Entertainment also dubbed Battle Angel Alita into English.

The series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and focuses on Alita, a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita’s attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey. The manga series is continued in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order.

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