Battle Angel


Since the release of 2009’s Avatar nearly every other film that has been shot has been released in a regular format alongside either a 3D or post-production 3D film. Now that’s great if you’re Hollywood, it means tickets cost a bit more and the box office of whatever movie’s in theaters will be that much higher, but it’s still getting annoying. And the last person you would think to talk about overusing 3D in movies decided to speak up.

At last week’s TagDF forum in Mexico City, James Cameron, the man with the most profitable 3D movies of all time, voiced his displeasure with the overuse of the visual effect in films. He’s not wrong either, highlighting recent blockbusters Man of Steel and Iron Man 3, Cameron said many movies don’t need to be filmed in the format adding that, “if you spend $150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to be spectacular, perfect.”

He did however say there is a difference between what should be shot in 3D and what should be converted, saying:

Conversion has a place and it’s a place for films we know and love, but it has to be done by the filmmaker. It has to be done by the  director because there are so many creative choices that have to be made and it  has to be done right. And the studio’s got to be willing to spend the money to do it right.

Also at TagDF forum, Cameron brought up his on-off relationship with his adaptation of the manga Battle Angel and things could be getting serious. After years of trying to get the adaptation off the ground the director may be that much closer to it finally getting underway – in 2017.

According to James though, that should be around the same time he’s in post-production of Avatar 3, shifting his focus from creating new technologies to expanding story and characters. Now this is, of course, all in the planning stages, and at any time James could decide to make another underwater 3D documentary again. What do you think though? Is it time for Battle Angel or should Cameron just move on and let someone else handle the project?

Source: Digital Spy, Geek Tyrant

While James Cameron is working on the next two installments to the Avatar franchise he created, he spoke with MTV about the possibility of a fourth film.  If it were to happen, it’d be a prequel to the story we all know so well by now, explaining the early expeditions of Pandora:

I have an idea for a fourth. I haven’t really put pen to paper on it, but basically it goes back to the early expeditions of Pandora, and kind of what went wrong with the humans and the Na’vi and what that was like to be an explorer and living in that world.

Because when we drop in, even in the first film in ‘Avatar 1,’ as it will be known in the future, we’re dropping into a process that’s 35 years in to a whole colonization. That will complete an arc and if that leads into more, we’ll start, not imitating ‘Star Wars,’ but it’s a logical thing to do because we’ll have completed the thematic arc by the end of three. The only thing left to do is go back to see what it was like on those first expeditions and create some new characters that then become legacy characters in later films. It’s a plan.

Seems like there’s definitely a lot of meat in these stories to be able to expand the film universe in the way that George Lucas did with Star Wars.  I’m actually interested in seeing the lead-up to everything we’ve seen so far in this universe.

Cameron went on to talk about the next two films, which he’s currently working on and “writing two scripts together as one big thing”:

We’ve spent two years refining the whole pipeline. It was a hideously complex process to make that film and a lot has been said about that, but we don’t want it to be done in the same prototypical way as the first one, we want it to be a much smoother workflow just for creativity reasons.

Where do the ideas come from?  Well, he clearly has a TARDIS and won’t admit to it:

You know, Peter Jackson had it easy, he already had the books. He had the books. Now if I had a time machine I could go forward and watch the movies and then come back, but I don’t!

On top of working on Avatar, Cameron still plans to get the film adaptation of the sci-fi manga series, Battle Angel, on the road.