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James Cameron stresses BATTLE ANGEL ALITA is his next'!'!'

Hey folks, Harry here... I'm so anxious to see Jim actually shooting on BATTLE ANGEL ALITA, I just need to see a new Cameron feature film. Also - I've been getting strange reports from around the web of Cameron's script treatment to AVATAR being forced off their script sites - which has me poking around to see if Cameron is looking to get AVATAR going again - or could that be Project 880? Naaah, PROJECT 880 is probably the film that comes out of the screen and starts bitchslapping you in your theater seat. Damn that Cameron and his futuristic filmgoing technology!

Hey guys,

Exciting news: it seems that "Battle Angel" is a definite go despite rumors that Cameron might delay it for the mysterious "Project 880." In an Aug. 9 article on The Independent website about Cameron's "Last Mysteries of the Titanic" documentary, he talks about Battle Angel, saying that the story will focus on Alita's relationship with a human man (probably Hugo from the manga).

"Finally, though, he thinks the time is right for him to return to feature films because he can now harness new technology to make something entirely fresh. Unsurprisingly, he has opted for an almost insanely ambitious sci-fi blockbuster. It is clear that the director of such ground-breaking films as The Terminator and Terminator 2, Aliens, The Abyss, and True Lies wants his comeback movie to make as big a splash as they did.

Inspired by Japanese graphic novels, he is currently developing Battle Angel, a cyborg thriller set in the 26th century. "It's going to be a mega-budget film shot in 3-D," Cameron enthuses. "It's set in a post-human world in the distant future, and a number of the main characters will be computer-generated. It's a kind of virtual film-making. We're building a whole new motion-capture technology. I'm impatient to get on with using the tools of the future."

He continues: "The main thrust is a love story between a human man and a female cyborg, and the film contains a range of characters from the fully human to the fully machine. I'm embracing the fact that human beings are amazingly adaptable. We've got a lot of flaws, but we're also pretty clever. We've got the tools, but can we use them?"

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If you use this you can call me "Desty Nova" (after the flan-loving mad scientist from the Battle Angel books)

Take Care,


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  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Henry Jones Jr.

    Sounds awesome. As long as no one says "I'm king of the world" I'm there.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by ManoNegra

    Loved the anime and manga. Can't wait!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST

    So what about The DIve?

    by Alyssa Jones

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I have a terrible THIRST...

    by KarmicRelief

    I enjoyed this series way back in my younger years. Should make for an interesting flick.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Sounds cool...

    by REDD

    and First...I know, that is so lame. But I couldn't resist. LOL.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by REDD


  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Iron Jim

    by kwisatzhaderach

    An insanely ambitious sci-fi film from Jim Cameron? Hooray! Can he rescue the blockbuster from its current lazy-ass state? When shit like Fantastic 4 is making money you just know something is rotten in the state of Denmark. And Hamlet is taking out the trash!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:05 a.m. CST

    best of?

    by Henry Jones Jr.

    I am not familiar with the series. I was looking at them at Amazon- anyone got some favorites out of the bunch?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Oh Boy!

    by ZombieSolutions

    has Cameron finally woken up? has he finally realized that NOBODY GIVES A SHIT ABOUT DEEP SEA DIVING? what they do care about, from the likes of him, are really cool sci-fi/cyberpunkish films with strong female leads. also, robot. bad ass teutonic robots and the hot teenage girls who kick their shiny asseses. (oh, btw, ditch the love story, thanks)

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:13 a.m. CST

    about time!

    by cromulent

    Hope he kicks some ass and makes me pee my pants. Oh who am I kidding - I pee my pants for anything.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Alita will rock all ass

    by Rindain

    Mark my words. This will be a truly revolutionary film, and will kick an inordinate amount of ass. And the love story will be an element of the story, but don't worry about a lack of spectacular action. Cameron has said that the film will be a melange of the first three books, so expect lots of brutal cyborg battles and other cool stuff.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Thank fuck he's finished with that IMAX bollocks

    by Bill Fairbanks

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Id like to see Cameron...

    by _Kayser_

    learn how to make a movie. This guy hasn't done anything that's worth two shits. Except maybe the Abyss. errrrrggghhhh *plop* theres one. That's to hoping he won't fuck it up too bad. I wish you luck McG, i mean, James Cameron.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:21 a.m. CST

    still wish it wasnt in 3-D

    by fried samurai

    This will most likely be an incredible looking film.But 3-D has and always will be a gimmick..peace

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I'm not holding my breath

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Every Cameron news bit is about how serious he is about his next film project, than its a year later and nothing has happened.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Battle Angel was a pretty damn good anime short.

    by Shigeru

    Yes it was very small compared to the manga but still good.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Someone had to say it....


    What about Aquaman? What the fuck?!?!? Cameron can do no wrong in my eyes (except that he's a shitty actor)

  • Cameron can outdo the anime version with his eyes shut, but can he deliver a film worthy of the manga? If anyone can it'll be James Cameron, I wish him all the luck in the world and can't wait to see him bring my favorite manga/comic alive.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Mafu

    by _Kayser_, you wrote, "This guy [Cameron] hasn't done anything that's worth two shits. Except maybe the Abyss." Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but in this case I think your opinion is woefully uninformed. Maybe you haven't watched "Aliens" or "The Terminator," but if you had, you'd know James Cameron is a wonderful writer, director, and visual artist. Mr. "PG-13" McG is in no way comparable to James Cameron, since Cameron is a groundbreaking director of several iconic films and McG is... what... a pimple on Hollywood's ass? I think that sums it up. I'm excited for "Battle Angel," whenever it's released in theaters.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:42 a.m. CST

    New motion capture technology

    by The Heathen

    This is why I love Cameron. He see's something that has potential and pushes it to the next level. When I heard that there's going to be CG characters, I was hesitant, but I think Jim will push the level of realism to new heights. He's the man when it comes to refining new technology.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The First Few Books of ALITA Would Be A Perfect Focus For a Feat

    by ZombieSolutions

    wow, this is really great news. although i would shit my pants if someone like Cameron took on AKIRA, i really think that something like AKIRA has to feature a largely Japanese cast and be set in Tokyo (or Osaka, since the biker kids really seem more like the types of guys Osaka would have hanging around). anyways, something like ALITA, which is vague in terms of location, could be freer in terms of casting and locations. and a more focused approach -- like a 2 hour 30 minute film -- ala Cameron working with his best themes -- scifi / action / cyberpunkish -- could very be the coolest thing any of us has ever seen and surpass the manga. i can't wait! this is officially the next "big deal movie" i care about.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Cameron compared to McG?

    by The Heathen

    Kayser, are you okay in the head. You know McG directed Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle right? And Cameron has written AND directed Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, T2, True Lies, and Titanic. You do know this right? Or are we in bizarro world?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Cool, but...

    by Lord_Soth

    The CG characters will be flawed, of course.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Mandy Moore for Alita?

    by Darth Busey

    Vincent Chase for Hugo? Let's get it done, bitch.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Liked it the first time - Bladerunner

    by TheTARDIS

  • Recently, I watched the ALIENS Collector's Edition DVD and remembered how great it was to watch a Jim Cameron flick. Then my wife had some "Jim Cameron explores the wreckage of the Titanic for the 37th time" documentary on Discovery or National Geographic Channel or something and all I could think of was "What a waste of talent." I understand researching the Titanic as a hobby or side interest, but dammit Jim, it's way past time you stopped skipping your day job. Come back to mainstream sci-fi features, Jim! Otherwise, we're stuck with Michael Bay and THE ISLAND and you can see how THAT turned out...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    R.C.'s opinion: What? No Aquaman?!! Vincent Chase is goin

    by R.C. the "Wise"


  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:01 a.m. CST

    You know Christina Ricci IS Alita

    by Terry_1978

    Quit acting like she's not.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    There have been periodic sweeps by Cameron's legal stooges to have the script for AVATAR removed from websites. Thankfully, I printed out a copy years ago, which no sits on a shelf with loads of other unproduced scripts I've managed to collect over the years. Maybe tonight I'll read Andy Kaufman's THE TONY CLIFTON STORY again...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I love the Manga and the Anime,

    by Right Bastard

    but Cameron's been talking about this for more than 11 years. He hasn't done anything good since the Abyss. He hasn't done anything great since Aliens. So, nothing relly spectacular from him since 1989 (in my opinion T2 doens't hold up to the test of time). I love the manga, so I really hope that he doesn't screw this up.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Why I'm so scared...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...that this will be nothing else than a boring, stereotyped lovestory with some great special effects and one big action scene? Okay, Cameron, DO IT RIGHT!!! Spielberg and Lucas had their chances to show us that they still can do it, and Episode III and WOTW where just medicore (with great FX shots!).

  • I was very curious to see that mindfuck turn into a live action film and those production paintings were sweet....then poof, no more news, and suddenly Cameron is making a different anime/manga movie. Could AICN please get into what happened?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Did somebody say Jessica Alba?

    by redtom

    ...rarrrrrrrrrrrrrr..... mmmmm, Jessica Alba, mmmmmmmmmmm......

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Rindain

    From the Weta Workshop site: "The film is on hold but it is Weta

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:38 a.m. CST

    bring it the fuck on

    by billy gilmore

    anything by cameron,but now

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "Unsurprisingly, he has opted for an almost insanely ambitious s

    by Grammaton Cleric

    Really? A film about a cyborg and how it relates to humans? Jim, get your head out of the goddmamn ocean and watch Terminator 2've made this movie already. Whatever. Just keep pushing back your projects until tangilble holographics are ready, you want to fuck technology anyway.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:07 p.m. CST

    It's a shame about Cameron's infatuation with 3-D

    by I Dunno

    I don't want to wear silly glasses and get a headache every time I watch a movie. Either invent holograms or just make 2-D the best you can.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who is disappointed...

    by oh_riginal

    ... to have never heard anything further on the Alien 5 script that Jim Cameron was writing, to be directed by Ridley Scott?? Anyone else remember that? I swear I read that like a year ago.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:17 p.m. CST

    A: Lazy, self-important, or cowardly

    by ScreamingPenis

    Q: Which word best describes Cameron for his failure to do any significant work since Titanic?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The difference between Cameron 3-D and everyone else...

    by dr_dreadlocks

    Cameron is using (as I've heard) 3-D cameras with three optical receivers, or something like that. So every image will be 3-D and move in form and function. So rather than being "Ooh, that hand is coming out at me!" It's "Ooh, that guy is walking right at me." All the time. Plus (again, I'm not entirely sure) I've heard that Cameron will be opting for "clear" glasses to wear, that intercept and display the image. Rather than the silly and outdated red/blue (or whatever) glasses. Pardon me since I'm tired, but Cameron has yet to make a bad film (in my eyes), and anyone who denies that he's a master of technology is an idiot. Pretty simple. Since his films special effects stand up today. I could only imagine what his full digital efforts would look like. But I'm thinking: flawless. Although I'd hate to be a digital artist working on a Cameron film. Head ache and a half, until of course the Oscar's come rolling in.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I have been bitchin' with this for a while but seriously...

    by Plazola_MEX

    Before all other anime, Macross has to be first by his own right. I began seeing anime because of SAINT SEIYA and MACROSS. Macross is legendary and has the potential to be a great saga like Star Wars, because it has some deep storytelling. I don't know about you guys but before all this shit (And Transformers which are lame compared to Macross) it has to be made in live action and in the Do you remember love? storyline.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Leave the fucken comics alone....

    by Bitterella

    The only people who should be doing japanime are the Japanese.. Not bloody Cameron or fucking Taran-fucking-sad-motherfucker-tino. Leave the comics with some of the charm and wonder they have as comics, not some big screen whack fest for drooling fanboys, and for critics to hate and for the general public to ignore and shun.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Single most overrated director ever

    by mortsleam

    Terminator was good horror sci-fi. Aliens was Alien on jingoistic, paramilitary steroids. The rest is all shit. A handful of effects that can't help overlong, undercooked stories full of bad, bad, bad dialog ("Breathe, you bitch!", anything either Arnold says). Titanic is the worst movie to ever win an Oscar. He should be doing Aquaman with the kid from Drive Me Crazy.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Well no one uses red/blue glasses anymore

    by I Dunno

    Except maybe Spy Kid or Lava Girl. They use polarized lenses. Still, not something you can comfortably watch more more than 20 minutes. I know Cameron's working on new technologies but it's still a gimmick.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:46 p.m. CST

    What about Aquaman???!!!

    by PwnedByStallone

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:48 p.m. CST

    King of the World

    by zabbadoo

    can we just let it go already? He was quoting the bloody movie not saying it seriously you gimboids. I mean, sure, he is rumoured to have been initiated into the 33rd degree of freemasonry mere hours before the oscars and sure there are rumours that he has the most powerful of the books of science that were compiled by the Nine Unknown Men of India, the Book of Propaganda, but that's no reason to read that much into a simple little quip. You guys are so paranoid.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:50 p.m. CST

    ....unless, of course, it's japorn...

    by Bitterella

    then any director will do...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Kayser and mortsleam

    by ewokstew

    Put down the crackpipes. You'll live longer.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST

    scott/cameron combo

    by ewokstew

    oh-riginal. Yeah, that was out a while ago.. But I guess the deal was that if Fox decided to proceed with the whole AVP mess then Scott and Cameron they swore would bow out of making any further Alien films. The rest is history.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by ewokstew

    "they" and "swore"...maybe I should put down the crackpipe...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:03 p.m. CST

    In my opinion, the only belmishes on Cameron's record are

    by Doc_Strange

    True Lies, I thought it tried too hard to be funny, didn't really live up to Cameron's abilities after T2, then Titanic, really, really overrated love story with lot's of special effects and awesome production design, a little more worthy of his talents. I know he could do an awesome job with Battle Angel, though I saw the anime and for the most part it was so-so, the ninja character was cool, though.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by Gluecifer

    bashing the anime. First it's pretty cool (Rintaro, for fuck's sake!), and second it was supposed to be an OAV in SIX parts, but the money went away so only ONE part was made... God I wish they could have done it in its full form...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 1:39 p.m. CST

    so glad theyre using book 2

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    its by far the best non-hyperball book in the series

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Alba's the obvious choice...

    by KarmicRelief

    ...for Alita and with her previous work on Cameron's Dark Angel, it makes sense. But how about Jena Malone??? She's got that "cute as a button, but I could kick your ass at any time" quality about her.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by Anton_Sirius

    Alba will be too old by the time this gets rolling, and Mandy Moore too American. I'd put Keisha Castle-Hughes at the top of the list.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by ZombiKiller86

    Can't he just use a digital camera like everyone else has?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Unfortuantely, Something Tells Me WETA's EVANGELION Is Never

    by ZombieSolutions

    unless, of course, ALITA is a huge hit... which will help bring TONS of live action anime/manga to the screen... blessing or curse? i guess we'll see...

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Fuck this shit! Give us a James Cameron directed Alien vs Predat

    by Rant Breath

    S.O.S.! James save a franchise worth saving! Direct AvP2 or X3 instead this "Rollerball meets Dark Angel" crap!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:48 p.m. CST

    DARK ANGEL Should Have / Could Have Been The New BUFFY -- A Dyst

    by ZombieSolutions

    but they blew it. Jessica ALba was the ONLY reason to watch that show. she is easily in the top 5 of the most beautiful women to ever walk the face of the earth. easily.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:49 p.m. CST

    JESSICA ALBA All The Way For Her Looks, Her Acting, On The Other

    by ZombieSolutions

    is pretty bad. not that that matters a good goddamn. i worship at the altar of ALBA.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I Finally Saw ALIENS V PREDATOR...

    by ZombieSolutions

    and boy did it SUUUUUUCK! i was stunned by how bad it was. literally stunned. that Anderson guy really is the worst director on earth. he makes Ed Wood look like Stanley Kubrick

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Don't Get Me Wrong, I Am Psychotically In Love With ALBA

    by ZombieSolutions

    but when you say "studied" does that mean the same as "knowing" her? like in the biblical sense?

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Tommy West

    IMO its his best film, and i can't see him beating it with a robot loev story

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Where can I get AVATAR?

    by Doc_McCoy

    Anybody know a place I can download a copy before it disappears? Been trying to get a hold of it for probably five years now.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Avatar script

    by mmm_free_wig

    Same as the guy above. I managed to read the script about 5 years ago - it was brilliant. I've been meaning to look for it for the last couple of weeks and have another glance at it - a search on google now comes up empty. Arse! If anyone has an electronic copy, could you do me the honour of emailing to me please? I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks and Cheers.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Much as I love the original Terminator and the Abyss...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and as much as I enjoyed the radically different direction in which Cameron took the Alien franchise (a rehash of the note-perfect Alien for a sequel would've been horrible, but the Vietnam movie in space was an ingenious if gimmicky and somewhat overrated follow-up), I really don't think Cameron's done much since these films to earn the reputation he seems to have. T2 was visually impressive but a barely serviceable follow-up to Terminator. All flash and no real substance. True Lies had amusing moments but was ultimately a pretty empty spectacle. Titanic may well be the single most overrated film in history and, at its core, is just a slipshod love story with two-dimensional characters. I'd love to see something genuinely innovative and compelling from Cameron again, but I'm afraid the Hamlet analogy someone drew is pretty appropriate. He's paralyzed himself with creative indecision and, ultimately, could be headed for tragedy when he finally does decide to take action. Oh... and whoever commented on Cameron's earlier films looking "old," what exactly does that mean? Are you saying the reproduction is grainy or that the production values somehow distinctly set those films apart in time? I personally marvel at how the Alien films, in particular, all have a certain timelessness to their look and feel, and - to a certain extent - the Abyss is very much the same way. Terminator is definitely an 80s movie, but that's when it was set. Please clarify.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Not Your Grandfather's 3D

    by indivisibleman

    Don't judge the potential of 3D based on the lousy movies and 50 year-old technology you've seen. And forget about the Spy Kids 3D and Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D films that used digital 3D image capture but were released in the outdated analglyphic process with cheap red/blue glasses. They don't have anything to do with the state of the stereoscopic 3D art. Properly executed digital stereoscopic 3D image capture and projection is a tremendously improved experience. No, it's not for every movie, but it can be an effective storytelling medium. With Jim Cameron and Peter Jackson planning to make digital 3D movies, the medium is about to take a quantum leap forward. Think of digital 3D as an experiment in shaking up the status quo. Gawd knows we need that. In our own very modest way we're playing in a similar, if less well-funded, sandbox. Check us out:

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Anyone have a copy of the Avatar scriptment?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    I used to have it, but now I've gone and lost it. I'd me most appreciative if someone could send it to Thanks!

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Indiana Clones

    There are two reasons why webmasters are asked to withdraw Avatar scrips. A) It's so fucking good that Cameron is going to make it, no question, and B) It's so fucking good that you'll be thankful you didn't spoil it for yourself as we hardcore Cameronites have. Picture Aliens meets Dances With Wolves.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5 p.m. CST

    sounds cool to me

    by amano

    There's alot of potential for this film. Battle Angel was one of the first animes I bought when I first got serious about Japanese animation. I don't know much about the manga, but I think it could translate well to film if done right. I'm interested to see this "new technology" he keeps talking about, but he needs to remember if he takes to long it will quickly become outdated.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I like how Mike says "call me Desty Nova..."

    by MacFlecknoe

    ...and then they just print his name anyway. Thanks for the article Mike! Call me, MacFlecknoe.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Thank You Mr. Cameron

    by Saluki

    A ten year hiatus was unexpected, but this new technology really is... Insane. Good luck, this is the type of subject material that I dream of.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Cameron's Out Of Ideas

    by MondoGundark

    He'd be trying to out-Gollum Gollum with a virtual character (impossible) and he's revisiting Dark Angel themewise. Who really cares at this point. He's been sitting out real filmmaking for so damn long, I don't care what he has to say anymore.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Of course Cameron is overrated

    by Rupee88

    He's great and has done great work, but he's not nearly as amazing as many people claim. I'm looking forwrad to Alita of course and I think the 3-D will work fine...the all CGI characters probably won't work as well, at least not if they are mixed with the regular characters, walking around, etc. But if you've ever seen good IMAX CGI 3-D, you know the effect can be incredible.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Fuggedabout Cameron! Instead, remember this GREAT SONG with me.

    by Man of Stool


  • Aug. 9, 2005, 9:48 p.m. CST

    wolf / Alba's Acting

    by Anton_Sirius

    Look, I love the girl to bits, and it's pretty clear she tries really hard and wants to be a great actress, not just the latest hot young thing, but... it just ain't there yet. She's got a long way to go before she convinced me she's got the chops -- that said, she hasn't really worked with an "actor's director" yet. Her star's big enough now that she'll probably get a chance; I'd love to see what she could do in, say, a PTA film.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Alba might be too tall

    by Rindain

    Alita changes bodies multiple times throughout the manga series, but she starts pretty petite. Alba (who is 5'6.5'' according to imdb) might be too tall for Alita (at least the beginning Alita)--I'd suppose Cameron would need an actress small enough to be "painted over" by the CG images. Plus, they would probably want an actress whose face more resembles Alita's, so that the animators would have an easier time with the CGI replacement process. Who knows though? Cameron obviously likes Alba, so it's still a possibility.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Uh, FrellingDominar . . .

    by scaler

    Typos aside, it's Fullmetal Alchemist, not Full Metal.

  • Aug. 9, 2005, 11:34 p.m. CST

    ALBA Does Look Like ALITA...

    by ZombieSolutions

    not exactly the same, but close enough. and Alba has a very "anime" face. big eyes, soft features. she's like a panglobal wonder girl. i love her. buuut, she's not the best actress... at least not yet. and she might be too old for Alita. but who knows what he's going to come up with. i think it will be cool. how can the guy go wrong in the genre he excels at? with the latest technology? it could very well be a masterpiece.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Evangelion Movie

    by Wookie_Weed

    Hopefully this movie is on hold because the original JAPANESE creators are suing the Nazi Aryans who are whitewashing all of the characters. We don't see the Japanese remaking American Beauty with Chinese actors, so why the fuck should Aryan Hollywood continually get away with pissing over Asia? Even Spielberg is in on it, casting Chinese Zhang ZiYi to play a Japanese geisha. The characters of Evangelion are Japanese (except for Asuka), and it's set in Japan -- those who came up with the ideas for Evangelion should be paid some respect, instead of being raped and pillaged by Aryan Hollywooders who can't come up with a single fucking original idea to save their useless arses.

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  • Aug. 10, 2005, 3:29 a.m. CST


    by The Taste

    God bless all you nerds...

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Cameron is a competent film maker

    by moviemaniac-7

    Even one of the best action directors out there. I wasn't that impressed with that boat flick he put out a decade ago, but his action movies (T1 & 2, Aliens, Abyss & True Lies) stand out. Although I enjoyed his docs on diving and that same boat again in 3D it wasn't very interesting as a film, I thought. They should have been side projects. A man like Cameron should have made at least three excellent action sci-fi movies ever since Titanic!

  • It wouldn't be worth it financially speaking to have to employ all the same tricks on Alba that Jackson used for his hobbit actors (oversized sets, cg shrinking, forced perspective, etc) in order to make her look smaller. With the Hobbits, it was a neccesary cost because there are no humans who exist who have the proportions of hobbits (real dwarfs don't cut it). With Alita, there are plenty of women who are of a similar size, so that expensive and time-consuming techniques like Jackson's don't have to be used. Like I said before though, if Cameron really wants Alba in the role, he will find a way to fit her in--either by making the character taller, or by making her look smaller via various techniques.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 6:20 a.m. CST

    James Cameron is to film making, what his ex Linda was to horse

    by ChileanSeaBass

    not sure what is uglier, his ex wife, or any second of his horribly dramitic crappy flms..

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I'd like to touch Jessica Alba

    by Indiana Clones


  • Aug. 10, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST

    You Know The Aryans (Nazi Germany) and the Japanese Used To Be A

    by ZombieSolutions

    just thought i'd point that out. but, yeah, i agree that I don't like the whitewashing / cultural ignorance either. i don't think it's a great sin to use western and eastern actors in live action anime, but the focus should primarily be Japanese ESPECIALLY in stuff like AKIRA or EVANGELION which pretty much focus specifically on Japan. something like BATTLE ANGEL ALITA (or even COWBOY BEEBOP) which is set in a sort of vague dystopian future could be anywhere and feature anyone. still, i hear what you're saying. Spielberg tapped Ziyi because she is a known face, and western audiences are more or less ignorant of the difference between asian cultures. honeslty, i can't think of any world famous Japanese actors. (Chiyaki Kuriyama (GO GO) and Sonny Chiba probably come the closest because of KILL BILL... Toshiro Mifune for his work with Kurosawa... but i doubt many people know their names). anyways, i blame the audience's ignorance more than the director.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Yes Wookie-Weed, and Spielberg really showed his Aryan colors wi

    by Mr Jonse


  • Aug. 10, 2005, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Isn't Michelle Yeoh Malaysian? And didn't she play Chinese in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?' And didn't Ang Lee direct that movie? Don't get me wrong, I think your argument that a lot of perfectly good movies get remade because of ethnic bias has some truth to it, but it's not like "those 'Nazi Aryans'" are the only ones responsible.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Actress for Alita

    by Mafu

    If Cameron starts shooting "Battle Angel" in the next few months, I hope he doesn't cast Jessica Alba as Alita. She's cute, but I can think of about ten actresses more qualified to play the role of Alita. I think Alba works hard at her craft, and I respect that, but cuteness doesn't equal acting talent. I know a few talkbackers posting to this board will write, "Who gives a shit if Alba can act? I just want to see her onscreen!" To which I say, that's cool. But I'd much rather see Yoon-jin Kim (the Asian woman on "Lost," though I know she's of Korean descent), or a relative unknown star for the part. Casting Alba would be a total copout by Cameron, in my opinion. I hope he's smarter than that.

  • Aug. 10, 2005, 11:38 p.m. CST

    If not Alba, he'll probably get some half asian chick to tak

    by Terry_1978

    Just so long as it's not Devon Aoki, I'm all good in da hood.