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Monday 24 November 2014

Cameron sets Battle Angel for 2017

James Cameron will work on Battle Angel Alita after he finishes up on the Avatar films
James Cameron will work on Battle Angel Alita after he finishes up on the Avatar films

James Cameron has revealed he will start work on Battle Angel Alita, once he has filmed Avatar 3.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker said at the TagDF forum in Mexico City that he plans to begin developing the big-screen version of the Japanese manga in 2017, while he is in post-production on the third instalment of Avatar, reported Joblo.com.

He confirmed that the long-developing Battle Angel Alita movie is still in the works, saying that its themes of transhuman evolution had "haunted" him for years.

The manga, created by Yukito Kishiro, focuses on a cyborg who is rebuilt and taken care of by a cybernetics doctor, after he finds her on a rubbish heap.

James, who won three Oscars for Titanic, also revealed that he always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker but didn't know how to head down that route.

"I worked as a machinist, then as a school mechanic. I worked as a truck driver, it was all blue-collar jobs. I was going to study astronomy, then I switched to an English major. My maths wasn't good enough so I knew I could never make it as a scientist, but I knew I could tell stories. I thought of being a writer but I didn't know what the hell I wanted to do," admitted the 58-year-old.

The Canadian director continued: "In my 20s, I started to set my sights on being a filmmaker. The thing that inspired me was Star Wars so that would have been in 1977, when I was 23 or 24. I wanted to do that.

"I had pictures like that in my head my whole life and someone put them on screen so I knew it could be done. From that moment on, I wanted to be a filmmaker."

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