Cameron Talks “Battle Angel,” “Avatar 2”

With the 3D underwater adventure he produced hitting this week, James Cameron has been out doing press for the film and has spoken briefly about both the “Avatar” sequels and his long-gestating “Battle Angel Alita” adaptation.

Asked if ‘Battle Angel’ is still happening, Cameron tells Collider that “I’m obviously going to be pretty busy for the next five years [with Avatar 2 and 3]. And so I had to consider, do I hand this project off to another director? And then I thought, ‘No, I love it too much’… it’s such a rich world. What I’m going to do is take the spine story and use elements from the first four books. So, the Motorball from books three and four, and parts of the story of one and two will all be in the movie.”

Meanwhile with the “Avatar” sequel, one of the challenges Cameron has set himself is improving the 3D experience – not the technology to film it, rather the way its presented at the exhibition stage. He tells SpeakEasy that “For ‘Avatar 2,’ what I’m most interested in is getting theaters to up their light level, and we want to shoot the movie at 48 or maybe even 60 frames a second, and display it at that speed, which will eliminate a lot of the motion artifacts that I think are causing some people problems.”

He goes on to say “People talk about feeling sick or something like that, and I think it’s because the image is strobing. That’s a function of the 24 frame frame rate, which has actually got nothing to do with 3D. it’s just made more apparent because the 3D is otherwise such an enhanced, realistic image, that all of a sudden you’re aware of this funky strobing which you weren’t aware of.