James Cameron has confirmed his big screen adaptation of Japanese Manga series Battle Angel Alita is on hold.
The Avatar director has spoken of his desire to turn the first three volumes of the cult Japanese comics into a film. But speaking at a dinner in his honour hosted by the charity Covenant House California, the 56-year-old said the project had been delayed until after he finishes the two planned sequels to box-office smash Avatar.
Cameron said: "I'm doing a second and third film. We're at the writing stage right now, early design, doing software development and so on. Battle Angel is right now on hold until those films are done."
The Battle Angel Alita series, created by Yakito Kishiro, tells the story of a cyborg in a post-apocalyptic world.
Meanwhile, Cameron revealed he's keen to work with Fantastic Four star Jessica Alba, after the pair posed for pictures on the red carpet together at the event.
"I'd love to have Jessica Alba in any movie," he answered when quizzed over whether the star might appear in his Avatar sequel. "She and I work very well together."
But he added: "I think she's busy being a mum right now."
Jessica, 30, told press she was "fine" as she showed off her baby bump in a white gypsy-style dress.
The Machete star is already mother to three-year-old daughter Honor Marie with producer husband Cash Warren.