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."