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James Cameron Confirms Battle Angel Alita

Source: Steward November 20, 2004

"Titanic" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" director James Cameron has confirmed to NPR that he will next helm the big screen adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's anime comic Battle Angel Alita.

"We're in pre-production right now on a project called 'Battle Angel' which is something I've been working on for several years and we're just, we're finishing up the shooting draft right now. We've been designing, it's a big science fiction film and a couple things that will be interesting about this project," he says in the interview.

Cameron added that "the main character, even though it's a live action film, the main character will be done with CG animation and the second thing that's interesting is we're going to be shooting it in 3D using the stereo imagining system that we've been developing for the documentaries."

Sounds like it will be a IMAX film if by "and the second thing that's interesting is we're going to be shooting it in 3D using the stereo imagining system that we've been developing for the documentaries" he means his documentary Ghosts of the Abyss

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Word from the man himself: his next project will be Battle Angle Alita, which will probably end up as the most expensive movie of all time. He has a great sci-fi record though and the 3d technology could be interesting.

James goes Japanese

s'funny... the first time this was discussed on the forum someone made the same angle/angel typo ;)


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Yeah, there's a huge chance Bill will be in it. ;)

I like Bill Paxton...I just feel he must have some pictures of James and a goat getting married in Vegas or something.

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Hrm. It's probably going to be bombastic and miss out on the vaguely melancholy feel of the anime, isn't it?

They will play the Hulk music during quieter pieces to even it out?

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Aliens of the Deep looks rubbish. Maybe it's a strictly iMax thing but I wouldn't want to watch that.

I find it hard to judge the quality of the doc on the basis of that trailer. I've never seen. I've never seen Ghosts of the Abyss but I can imagine it looks awesome on a IMAX screen. The same with this. There's some crazy stuff going on in the depths of our planet.

But like I said, I'm happy he came back to play with the big boys again.

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well since about 1994 Cameron became obsessed with making a completely believable CGI main character. he wanted the audience to forget they were watching a cgi creation and totally buy that his creation was a real being.

i'm sure you know, that project was called avatar.

this was when everything seemed possible in the early days of CGI. before independance day. before gozilla and before jar jar binks (lucas single handedly giving CGI a bad name with his bad acting and cartoon CG combination).

Cameron's company digital domain were determined to create his vision - but with the techinal goal posts always moving and cameron's perfectionism - it was never to be.

Cameron has always wanted to achieve some enomous techical feat with everyone of his films since The Abyss (having the first ever use of CGI). and we all know Terminator 2 and Titanic were techinally revolutionary when they were released.

so i would speculate that his new film will be about bringing everything he strived for with avatar and creating the first completely convincing photo realistic CGI lead with human supporting players.. i'm sure at the back of cameron's head is the goal of convincing everyone (through performance) that the lead is real.

it will be much easier to do if your lead is otherworldly, like say a robot or an angel. or both (has anyone seen the orginal?).

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Battle Angel Alita Moves Into Her Own

by Fred Burke

The Scrapyard. Home to the rubbish and refuse -- both human and non -- of Tiphares, a utopia above the clouds. This is the world of Yukito Kishiro, and the deeper into it I delve, the more amazed I become. For in the Scrapyard, what is left of humanity must find its own way, free of the society which floats like a promise overhead. In a wasteland where meaninglessness and mortality are the givens, Kishiro weaves the most basic of humanity's philosophical dilemmas into a bloody tapestry of choices made and alliances forged.

Battle Angel Alita delivers all the elements that today's comics fan demands, combining the powerful exuberance of Todd McFarlane's Spawn, the lusty innocence of Adam Warren's Dirty Pair, and the beautifully detailed rendering of Ryoichi Ikegami's Crying Freeman. But Alita has her own unique charms as well....

Battle Angel Alita, Kishiro's knock-out manga creation, tells the simple tale of Daisuke Ido, a hunter-warrior who digs a three-hundred-year-old human head from the rubble of the Scrapyard, then sets about trying to create something beautifu l from it -- an unsullied human life.

It cannot be done.

As Alita, the broken battle angel he has uncovered and rebuilt, grows into her new arms and legs, she also grows in awareness. Alita wants to choose her own path, but Daisuke knows that all of them lead to the same place: sorrow, then death. His parental attempts to shield Alita from the raw pain of Scrapyard life are tragic -- both well-meant and doomed in their arrogance. "Why should I have to live the life you want for me?! I've got to find my own way," Alita cries. And we cry with her, for this, in essence, is the struggle we all face.

Battle Angel Alita charts a reborn soul's slow growth into itself -- and the growing pains are monumental. Alita's shattered body is metaphor for the unintegrated self, and her successive battles each take her closer to rediscovering who she is and what she wants. Nietzsche, whom Kishiro quotes in the third issue, would have applauded the bloody trappings of this simple fable of individuation. Kishiro doesn't pull his punches -- and neither does Alita.

A riveting fight sequence from the second and third issues sticks in my imagination and brings the point home. A huge and maniacal cyborg demon, addicted to the endorphins which it sucks from the brains of men and animals, has virtually destroyed Alita's reconstructed frame. All that is left of the battle angel is a head, upper torso, and one arm -- but that is enough. She flies at the demon enraged, first propelling herself by the sheer force of her single arm, then using her hand as a spear, plunging t hrough the cyborg's eye and deep into his brain, lodging there until her sole remaining arm is torn loose as well.

A head and an arm. A mind, a will, and a tool to enforce that will. In Battle Angel Alita, Kishiro has the nerve to distill life's battles to the barest of passions -- and he succeeds admirably. Battle Angel Alita takes one va liant woman and asks her to survive in a savage world where life is almost as cheap as spare body parts. With the help of one man who decides to care, she may just make it -- against insurmountable odds.

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On a similar note you guys have seen the 3 min Motorball video, right? RIGHT? If Cameron can surpass this then this might be the best movie ever (bar T2). It seems to have been released a couple years ago by fans of the Battle Angel/Gunnm manga. It is awesome IMO and really captures the style of the manga. You can find it on Fileplanet (where incidentally is says that there is a motorball mod for UT'04 in the works) here:


Also this Fansite seems to have it:


I tested their download and it seemed to work but I think fileplanet will have a faster connection.

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I think its cool that Cameron puts Paxton in most of his films, shows some loyalty to his friends, and its not as if hes a crap actor or anything.

"Wash today tomorrow? nothing clean right?" LOL!

Erm... It's, "Wash day tomorrow? Nothing clean, right?"

Sorry to be pedantic.

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