Battle Angel After “Avatar” Sequels

The good news for manga fans is that James Cameron is still keen on bringing his adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s “Battle Angel” saga to the big screen. The bad news is it’s a long way off as the filmmaker tells MTV News this week that the sequels to “Avatar” are going to keep him busy for the next few years.

The manga is set in a cyborg-dominated 26th century where a young girl in a cyborg body is found in wreckage and repaired. She realises she has lost her memory and doesn’t even know who she really is.

“‘Battle Angel’ is just a great, kick-ass story… [But] I see the good that the ‘Avatar’ franchise can do in terms of keeping a world audience cognizant of our relationship with nature, but doing it in an entertainment context. Ultimately, I think there’s more good to be done there than with ‘Battle Angel'” says Cameron.

Would he let someone else take the helm of the project? “It would have to be pried out of my cold, dead fingers… but on the other hand I don’t want to take it to my grave, either.”