James Cameron has considered handing his adaptaion of Battle Angel Alita off to another director, but ultimately decided to keep hold of the reigns himself. It will be some time before he can get around to actually making the film, however, as there’s the small matter of Avatars 2 and 3 and all of the requisite reinventing of cinema technology to be done in the meantime.
Here’s Cameron’s update on the Battle Angel movie, as told to Collider:
I’m obviously going to be pretty busy for the next five years 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.
All of this, I expect, to be presented in the 60 fps 4k digital 3D that Cameron will have pioneered with the Avatar sequels in the meantime. Unless he just goes for 72fps 8k digital 3D with 9.1 audio, because you never really know with Jim how far he’s going to push things.