It was reported a while ago that James Cameron intends to pick up the film adaptation for Battle Angel Alita once he’s finished with the Avatar trilogy. He was quoted by New York Times to have said that he’s “in the Avatar business. Period”, and has no intention of taking any other projects while he’s working on the trilogy, and that comment has that led to some skepticism about the fate of the back seat project.
Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News was able to get in touch with Cameron (or his people, who knows) to clear the air and ease some fans’ minds who had their panties in a twist wondering what will happen to Battle Angel and who would take on the project if Cameron decided to let it go.
This was his succinct, but informative, response:
No. I still love that project. But Battle Angel is not going to happen for a few years.
Who knows if Avatar will end up spanning across 42 films and we’ll be absolutely sick of it after the first handful and so “a few years” really means “a few decades”, or if he’ll actually get right on to Battle Angel after three more visits to Pandora.
This answer will hopefully straighten out some panties out there for the time being.