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Are you the Girl of James Cameron's Dreams? Be the Lead in BATTLE ANGEL ALITA!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... It's a gigantic casting call... Cameron wants a fresh face to be Alita - and I know there's a lot of you gals out there that dream of being an Anime Gal, well, here's your chance to be 100% Live-Action Anime Gal heaven!!! Read below and follow those dreams...

Hi Harry, I'm a part-time stage actor in Boston and our local resources for auditions just got the following very interesting notice. I'm imagining another let's-find-an-unkown-for-Scarlett O'Hara type search, or at least something ending up with another Jessica Alba:

JAMES CAMERON SEEKS NEW TALENT FOR A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Mali Finn Casting (Titanic, The Matrix, 8 Mile) is looking for fresh faces to star in a James Cameron film that begins principal photography Spring 2006.

No prior film experience necessary. However, voice, movement, and actor training are imperative.

SEEKING: FEMALE LEAD. 16-mid 20s. Any ethnicity, including Caucasian.

She moves and behaves with confidence and a sense of nobility. Lithe as a cat. Athletic and agile, she is a warrior. Graceful movement and an ear for languages and dialects are essential.

Sound like you? Interested in starring in a Hollywood feature film?

Visit our website and fill out an application: MaliFinnCasting.Com

Please include two recent snapshots or Polaroids (one close up / one full body shot). Also include the following information on the back of each photo: NAME ? CONTACT # - HEIGHT ? WEIGHT ? D.O.B.

Mail completed application and photos to:

Mali Finn Casting

8284 Santa Monica Blvd

W. Hollywood, CA 90046

Attn: UNTITLED PROJECT

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DEC. 19, 2005

The casting agency's website basically has the same info.

Never sent you anything before - if you use this you can call me JBud

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  • Dec. 2, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I guess that means it's actually getting made.

    by Veraxus

    Friggin sweet. Too bad I'm a chubby mid-20s intellectual elitist indie filmaker... I could use the paycheck.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Cinephile88

    James Cameron sounds like he's trying to do Alias. Should be fun.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 8:53 p.m. CST

    didn't james cameron already do alias?

    by Holodigm

    or rather, didn't alias do james cameron?

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

    by Rindain

    This will be great. I'm so hyped to see this movie moving forward!

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 9:02 p.m. CST

    doesn't sound like me

    by jrbarker

    but I'm glad he's getting off his ass and making the movie finally.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 9:18 p.m. CST

    "Any ethnicity, including Caucasian."

    by Immortal_Fish

    lol

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Alita=still a CG character?

    by Rindain

    I assume the actress they find for Alita will play the same role as Andy Serkis in LOTR/Kong or Ahmed Best in the Star Wars prequels--i.e. her motions/performance will be captured and used to help animate the final CG character (it has been reported Cameron will be using an updated version of Robert Zemeckis' "performance capture" technology). They'll probably choose someone who looks like Alita to make the facial animation easier, but they'll definitely need someone strong, lithe and acrobatic. Anyway, I can't wait to see what Cameron's version of Alita looks like--I know that he's done extensive design work and FX tests for this film, so I'm sure the Alita model is up and running on a computer somewhere. Hopefully we'll find out more soon.

  • where he was wearing a blue suit up to his neck and they put the cg clonetrooper armour around him. Or in some cases, a fully cg double of Tem.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Seems silly to do such an exhaustive casting call

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    if the character is gonna be all CG.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 9:40 p.m. CST

    'any ethnicity, incl caucasian'

    by Det. John Kimble

    Using when a casting call goes out for 'any ethnicity' agents won't send any caucasians. That's why they say 'including caucasians' - the problem is when you do that, agents send you 95% white chicks.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 9:53 p.m. CST

    This makes me horny. Is that wrong?

    by jesuschrist

    Fuck it.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Schwarzenegger in another "James Cameron Film"

    by ABking

    Everyone wants to see Arnie and Cameron team up again. They were the greatest action team ever!

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 10:32 p.m. CST

    "Performance Capture"

    by MondoGundark

    Anyone worth his salt needs a backgrounder on this...you must bow down to Paul Debevec, pigs! http://www.debevec.org/

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 10:55 p.m. CST

    "...sound like you?"

    by Ribbons

    Well, I *am* a warrior.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 11:19 p.m. CST

    So Cameron is finally making another movie?

    by hiperaktiv

    And not a doco? Bout goddamn time. Been like 8 years since Titanic and that was a love or hate film for many people. Just hopefully we can say James Cameron, maker of classics such as T2 and Aliens is finally back and the mother fucker will blow your mind. Hell yeah.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Grils, look on the bright side.

    by Vim Fuego

    Chances are he'll end up leaving his present partner for you, marry you & then leave you for his next leading lady. You'll be quids in!!! Mind you, you'll have to stay married to him for at least 8 years until he makes his next film.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Grils? What the fuck are Grils?

    by Vim Fuego

    I'm a retard.

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I've already sent my CV

    by Gus Nukem

    /crosses fingers ::bunny::

  • Dec. 2, 2005, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Cameron casting his next wife

    by CerebralAssassin

    What's he up to...five now? Six?

  • Dec. 3, 2005, midnight CST

    X3 TEASER!

    by Orionsangels

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news.php?id=12202

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 12:10 a.m. CST

    16 to mid-twenties?!?

    by tiredpm

    Guess Cameron likes them young... This sounds like he's Google-ing porn, for crying out loud. Hey, I'm as thrilled as the next geek that Cameron is getting back in the game (and considering all the effects you know he's going to use, it may as well be a video game) but c'mon. 16 is the lower range? He's not looking for acting talent here...just seems like he's looking for tail.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Alita's age

    by Rindain

    In the manga Alita starts with the mind/body of a 14 year-old, then, as the story progresses, changes both mentally and physically (because she's a cyborg, she can change bodies much like we change clothes). Here's a quote from Cameron: "What I like about it is that when we first meet 'Alita' she's very young, she's sort of almost pre-pubescent in a way...she actually matures throughout the story. I like that the development of her mind actually affects her physicality. The character will be very, very true to Alita as she is in the manga."

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 12:46 a.m. CST

    CerebralAssassin...

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Give the guy some credit. Yeah, he's on his fifth wife, but (A) He lives in Hollywood - those guys go through wives like other guys go through cans of shaving cream. (B) He still has good, equally amicable relationships with his ex-wives (he still works with Bigelow and Hurd; even Linda refused to do another Terminator project without him.) And (C) he's been married to Suzy Amis for eight years now. By industry standards, (not to mention the fact he's almost a billionaire at this point and could play the field like nobody could,) it deserves at least a little slack.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Dad?

    by buster00

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 1:35 a.m. CST

    How old...

    by BCfreeB

    Is the character supposed to be? Is this going to be a 25 year olf trying (most likely unsuccessfully) to look 14? www.unseenfilms.com

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Awesome news!

    by Psyclops

    I'm glad we're finally getting some movement on BATTLE ANGEL. I loved the original Manga series and I'm definitely a fan of Cameron's work (ALIENS is almost 20 years old with outdated effects and it still kicks the living shit out of it's action/horror brethren, including the more recent releases like DOOM and AVP). I heard that Cameron is aiming for a PG-13 rating but I hope he still manages to keep the same dark tone of the books. This could turn out to be one hell of a movie.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Real News - Judge: Game over for Illinois ban

    by sevadro

    Judge: Game over for Illinois ban Court rules state's reasoning for video game ban insufficient Friday, December 2, 2005; Posted: 10:51 SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (AP) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Illinois' restrictions on the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games to minors are unconstitutional and barred the state from enforcing the law. State officials "have come nowhere near" demonstrating that the law passes constitutional muster, said U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly. Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other supporters of the measure argued that children were being harmed by exposure to games in which characters go on killing sprees or sexual escapades. Opponents declared the law a restriction on free speech and pointed out that similar laws had been struck down in other states. "It's unfortunate that the state of Illinois spent taxpayer money defending this statute. This is precisely what we told them would happen," said David Vite, president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, one of the groups that sued over the law. The governor's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Other states recently approved similar legislation after hidden sex scenes were discovered in a popular game, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." California's version, set to go into effect January 1, is among those being challenged in court. The Illinois law, which also was to go into effect January 1, would have barred stores from selling or renting extremely violent or sexual games to minors, and allowed $1,000 fines for violators. Kennelly said the law would interfere with the First Amendment and there wasn't a compelling enough reason, such as preventing imminent violence, to allow that. "In this country, the state lacks the authority to ban protected speech on the ground that it affects the listener's or observer's thoughts and attitudes," the judge wrote. Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. "Wake up white people." - Daniel Carver

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Cameron is God

    by CuervoJones

    I

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Casting Couch?

    by RowanM

    I envy the guy that gets that job. "So Miss, exactly how fit are you?"

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:41 a.m. CST

    matthooper

    by BALTIMOREJACK

    sorry to open the venetian blinds on you so early, but white/caucasian ain't "ethnic".

  • or Cameron could just use Jessica Alba. she already fits the description and you know they're never gonna find anyone hotter.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Jessica Alba looks nothing like Alita

    by godoffireinhell

    even though he already cast her in his ALITA rip-off called DARK ANGEL which was a truckload of crap IMO. plus, she can't act even though she teaches hip hop at da centah

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 7:22 a.m. CST

    The Manga/Anime was nothing special

    by Optimus Primal

    Battle Angel is a fairly pedestrian affair. Not bad mind you but nothing special. I could think of plenty of Manga titles that I would much rather see Cameron tackle, for a live action movie.

  • Giggty!

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Just get Christina Ricci

    by fitzcarraldo2

    She the closest to a live-action manga character.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 8:02 a.m. CST

    BALTIMOREJACK

    by raw_bean

    'white/caucasian ain't "ethnic"', but it is an ethnicity. Words mean what they mean, not what you want them to mean. matthooper was entirely correct.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Or how about Audrey Tautou?

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Those huge eyes!

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 8:28 a.m. CST

    i'm glad cameron took time off to do his documentaries

    by ectocriminal

    i think it broadened the creative horizons of an already great director. working in the realm of non-fiction forced him to pace himself a bit before going into a concept as bug-fuck cgi-crazy as battle angel alita. it also let the whole 'titanic expectations' thing cool off, albeit for nine years. plus he put out some pretty cool documentaries. i hope his big-budget return to the big screen is successful.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Im more excited about this than anything in recent memory

    by cockknocker

    Schwarzenegger for alita!

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:02 a.m. CST

    scrivener,

    by Colonel_Blimp

    is "indie" just en euphemism for "out of work"?

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I Am Really, REALLY Super Ultra Mega (and Other Animeisms) Excit

    by ZombieSolutions

    Cameron doing hard sci-fi? even better / more geektastic -- Cameron doing hard ANIME/MANGA sci-fi? Helloooo rip roaring blockbuster! and come on, cute pixie girl hero? this is going to be HUGE. opening day cannot come soon enough for me.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Cameron has never put a foot wrong

    by Indiana Clones

    Not even The Abyss. That is all.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else...

    by Zoviet Squid

    ...when briefly glancing over the headlines featuring the title of this movie register it as BATTLE GENITALIA? Could just be dyslexia, but it stops me every time. I'm really looking forward to this, as the anime was a favorite of mine at the age of 15. Hopefully it's not brainless, action-packed, melodramatic sci-fi ala Titanic-in-the-future.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Here's to hoping that this is the refreshing lenon wedge aft

    by Citizen Arcane

    Yeah yeah, Oscar, #1 at the B.O. That doesn't mean it didn't suck. Cameron's wasted a lot of time. I hope he gets back on track.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST

    But...but...what about Aquaf@g!?

    by fiester

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:51 a.m. CST

    The 2 anime episodes were pretty bad and the manga was uneven

    by godoffireinhell

    but it still had a truckload of awesome ideas and concepts in it! That's why I'm excited about this project. There is no need for a slavish, literal translation to the screen. I really hope Cameron took the great parts of the manga and got rid of the clunky storytelling. Didn't he say he wants ALITA to become a friggin TRILOGY of movies?!? I wonder if that already includes the LAST ORDER books or just the original run of the series ...

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Are we that PC

    by DannyOcean01

    That we have to say all ethnicities, but mention that this also included caucasian incase they sound like their being 'whitist'

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    Alita was great! Godoffireinhell your a moron!

    by JarJar25

    The anime series was an attempt to market the manga and nothing more. The Japanesse often do this to promote manga that is already successful and to just experiment. Alita or Gally as she is known was and still is a great character. What was wrong with the anime? I hate you fucks that say something is bad, but never really tell us why? You made some moronic attempt to talk about the manga, but I still don't know what the hell your talking about. I hope Cameron stays true to the manga, while making appropiate changes.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Zoviet Squid

    by mascan

    No, but I guarantee we'll see a prono with that title within a year of Cameron's film.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST

    If they really want accuracy, they'll locate a chick that is

    by Terry_1978

    Like part asian, part white, part hispanic, part black, or a mixture of any of those. That would give Alita the quote unquote "exotic" look she has in the manga, as opposed to just someone with a straight bloodline.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST

    JarJar25

    by HavocZer0

    Did you even read his post? He didn't really bash it and he did explain what he didn't like. so stop whining like a child. oh and I'm psyched as all hell for this.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Isn't Alita's real name 'Yoko'?

    by Johnno

    I should say that would indicate that she is Asian. A girl of mixed asian caucasian etnicity should do fine. But if Alita's mostly a motion capture CG Gollum (since her head was really the only part of her body that worked... well her brain if you wanna be a dick about it, then any person would do as long as they're athletic and can verbalize properly to motion cap her mouth which I guess is what the casting call is emphasizing. Anyway read through all of Alita recently as well up to the latest issue of Last Order... that manga's freakin nuts! So many great ideas, so many original charaacters, so fucked up and violent! I bet that Rollerball movie also ripped off Alita. WOuld CAmeron stick with the original manga's ending? I hear that was something the creator was forced to put together for some reason by the publishers and problems in his own life and is so continuing it as it should have been done. Anyway... I can't wait to see Den, and hopefully Last ORder will be finished by then so we can compare whcih is better and Cameron can do his Trilogy. Consider me sold for this movie!

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 1:38 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is ALITA?

    by Gilkuliehe

    I'll still masturbate thinking of her though.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Nobody....

    by one9deuce

    inspires confidence in how a film will turn out like James Cameron. He is simply the greatest genre director working (sort of) today.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 2:29 p.m. CST

    i'm thinking...

    by torpor_haze

    that Gilmore Girls chick would be a good fit for this role...

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:06 p.m. CST

    when the hell is Cameron's Aquaman coming out?

    by Jarek

    hehehehe....

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Adriana Lima as Alita!

    by Frietag

    Actually I have no idea if she can act ... she's never been in anything but that Wong Kar-Wai BMW film, and she didn't do a whole lot. Her English is poor, and she doesn't have the ambition of your average supermodel.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:24 p.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by Frietag

    ...if you scanned all of history's hotties into a computer and and generated an idealized CGI hottie archetype, you'd just end up with Adriana Lima anyway. She FINE.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Barjack/Den

    by Rindain

    We probably won't get to see the Barjack/Den until the 2nd movie at the earliest. I'll bet you this one takes us through the motorball arc, but I doubt Alita will leave the Scrapyard in this film.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I hope they don't fuck this one up...

    by Anna Valerious

    I've never read the manga, but this could be what opens the floodgates to other films based on anime/manga in the US. I'm still pushing for "Excel Saga" with Amanda Seyfried as Excel Excel, Eliza Dushuku as Hyatt and Richard Roxburgh as Il Palozzo. Now THAT would be a movie!!!

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 6:13 p.m. CST

    "Any ethnicity, including Caucasian." So Caucasian is not cover

    by Negative Man

    How dumb is that?

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Sounds great!

    by Key Chung

    I just hope they find a better actor than Edward Furlong was in T2. Not that he isn't good now, but his first performance ever was kinda weak, which in an Arnold film is not saying much.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Amusing headline...

    by DarthCorleone

    What are the odds that the Battle Angel Alita of James Cameron's dreams learns about this casting call by reading AICN? The AICN-reader demographic makes that headline very funny.

  • It happened with comic book heros. You never know.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Action heroines

    by Omegaman

    I thought maybe we were getting over that trend. Its ridiculous anyhow, little girls beating up big men..... Aeon Flux is a flop, so will Bloodrayne be, and Underworld will do middling at best. But Cammeron is the one that really started it with Ripley and I guess he wants to just keep it goin. I wonder though, is he ever going to make another movie with a male in a lead action role? Or is that too politically incorrect?

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Jessica Alba and Dark Angel

    by Krazeyivan

    Now hold on - Dark Angel especially season 1 was onto something - sure it misfired a few episodes and the series did not need the head script writer fired after season 1 (Thanks fox!) But it was an excellent show - It is far and away the best acting that jessica has done, she really showed potential in that role and was very good, and I doubt any of the haters actually saw an episode! Now I know everyone loves to pull apart her acting but her films so far have been mostly crap - even oscar winners cannot save shit films and look totally fuckin lost in them. She is a grade A++ hottie, whch could be why some of you are hating. BUT I do not think this film is the correct one for her. She has something similar in the pipeline with "Beautiful Killer" its too close a match.

  • Dec. 3, 2005, 11:30 p.m. CST

    hey...looks like I may finally be able to get some gainful emplo

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    PRAISE BE!!!! LORDY LORDY LORDY!!!! I CAN FINALLY BE IN A JIMMY CAMEROON MOVIE!!!!! YEE HAH!!!! I KNEW ONE DAY MY MAN BOOBS WOULD COME IN HANDY!!! AND TO DAY IS THAT DAY!!!! THERE ARE GONNA BE ACTION FIGURES OF ME...THERE ARE GONNA BE SODA CUPS OF ME....THERE ARE GONNA BE BAND-AIDS OF ME...THERE ARE GONNA BE aww fuck it....i drank too much and missed this damn thread....And thus, time for a refill! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 1:31 a.m. CST

    am i the only one who suspects this so-called casting call is bu

    by Trader Groucho 2

    just wondering

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Trader Groucho 2, most casting calls are bull. They tend to be p

    by Negative Man

    Say a major project for a director that has been 'doing his thang' far longer than the coastal publics have paid attention to their 'artistic' work. They may or may not have their pick already, but a casting call helps garner media attention...Phantom Menace anyone...?

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Asian or Eurasian would be perfect...but drop the ALITA from the

    by Monkey_King

    The characters name was Gally/Gully in the original manga and anime. A "Jessica Alba" type would be great, but the character has dark hair and wears tight fitting body suits(and armor and facepaint).

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 10 a.m. CST

    Devon Aoki...

    by DarthBakpao

    that's alita to me

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 10:01 a.m. CST

    THIS IS NOT FOR ALITA, but PROJECT 880!!!!!

    by ch2praxis

    Dude, Wrong guessing, this casting is for UNTITLED PROJECT 880, and NOT for Battle Angel Alita. BA will only go ahead after PROJECT 880 is wrapped.

  • And for ol' time's sake, I think Hulk Hogan should be the baddie Dr. Desty Nova... "MMMmmm this flan is SCRUMPCIOUS! BROTHER!"

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    FInally, they're letting caucasians audition!

    by 007-11

    I knew the day would come!

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I feel sorry for the following

    by emeraldboy

    The actress involved. The team of actors if any. The studio execs. The studio Accountants. The poor schlub who is sent by the studio to check on the film in production. You can imagine the converstation: Cameron: Yes! Where the fuck the are you from and what the fuck are doing on my fucking film set? Motherfucker. Schlub: I..I..I Cameron: I havent got all fucking day, what the fuck do you want? Schlub: I am from the studio? Cameron<going slightly green> YOUR FROM THE FUCKING STUDIO. YOURE FROM THE MOTHERFUCKING STUDIO. I HAVE TOLD THOSE FUCKERS 1000, TIMES. NO ONE FROM THE STUDIO IS ALLOWED ON MY FUCKING MOVIE SETS. YOU TELL THOSE FUCKER IF THEY SEND ANOTHER FUCKING EXEC DOWN HERE, I AM THE FUCKING MOVIE. GOT IT NOW GET THE FUCK OFF MY FUCKING MOVIE SET. RIGHT FUCKING NOW. Sir:(cameron turns to find an extra cowering in front of him) Can i go to the toilet. Cameron: Where in your contract does it say you can go to the toliet, fucker. This is a cameron film. No toilet breaks. No fuck off.

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 2:59 p.m. CST

    cameron has done this cyberchick thing before

    by emeraldboy

    Dark Angel and look what happened to that...

  • Dec. 4, 2005, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Re: cameron has done this cyberchick thing before

    by Prometeo

    Yeah, and Terminator I and II, and look what happened to that... ;) I&#39;m an enormous Alita fan... bought and imported the VIZ graphic novels from the states, and am really looking forward to the pic, for the potential on the character... Yeah, she can kick but, and big time.... manipulate plasma torches, cutting with special alloy blades, etc... But the main character is the distopian society portrayed, a la Mad Max, but with a heroine with deep conflicts and feelings... If any one can pull this one off, I&#39;m sure is Cameron.

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Rachel Leigh Cook

    by Flipao

    She was probably genetically engineered to look like some manga chick... not casting her would be a crime :P

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST

    WE HAVE NO WAY OF WARNING THE SURFACE

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Shit, his worse movie won 11 oscars and is the top grossing movie of all time. BTW The Abyss is still fucking awesome and Cameron&#39;s own personal favourite movie. Summer 2007 will be a great time to be alive...

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST

    WE HAVE NO WAY OF WARNING THE SURFACE

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Shit, his worst movie won 11 oscars and is the top grossing movie of all time. BTW The Abyss is still fucking awesome and Cameron&#39;s own personal favourite movie. Summer 2007 will be a great time to be alive...

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 9:12 a.m. CST

    The dude can just get thousands of girls to send him photos? Fuc

    by scrumdiddly

    That&#39;s my intelligent comment for the day.

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Hasn&#39;t He Seen &#39;Audition&#39;?

    by skoobyx

    This could go bad.

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 3:19 p.m. CST

    "So Caucasian is not covered as an ethnic group in the eyes of H

    by minderbinder

    There "ethnic" means "not white".

  • Dec. 5, 2005, 5:50 p.m. CST

    It should be called Battle Angel Alita..

    by Neo Zeed

    and not Battle Angel. That title sounds as corny and generic as well..Dark Angel. Also I&#39;d suggest Cameron could cast a young fresh faced Japanese cutie. But if he wants to go caucasian, someone above mentioned Racheal Leigh Cook. http://tinyurl.com/9rqz5 I think it would be a good fit, and get her out of Direct to Video hell. And finally she needs to remain petite and not tall. That&#39;s how she is in the comics and it&#39;s more impactful to see a tiny girl smashing the shit out of gigantic machines, instead of some Amazonian sized chick.

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 10:54 a.m. CST

    And he&#39;s not using Jessica Alba because?

    by LordSoth

    C&#39;mon!

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 3:24 p.m. CST

    This casting call is for Project 880, not Battle Angel Alita

    by ch2praxis

    People are so desperate for Jim Cameron to commit on Battle Angel that they are simply deaf and ignoring that this whole casting call is for "Untitled Project 880", as this is his real first project to go ahead. If you look at the Mali Finn Casting Call, it&#39;s address to the "attention" (ATTN) of "Untitled Project" and not "BA"....

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 5:31 p.m. CST

    ch2praxis...

    by Rindain

    This morning the Hollywood Reporter posted an article confirming the casting call is for Battle Angel, and that Project 880 will follow in 2009. Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/bkctd

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Hollywood Reporter received the notification this afternoon

    by ch2praxis

    Apparently, they received notification this afternoon to fix the mistake. According to Lightstorm Ent., the next JC film is Untitled Project 880. Battle Angel&#39;s script is still being rewritten and far from being ready for February-April shoot. Sheigh Crabtree from The Hollywood Reporter has just received the news this afternoon. Reason is that AICN jumped the gun and assumed that the casting call was for Battle Angel without asking it properly to the right sources

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 7:33 p.m. CST

    The whole problem was AICN and the whole bandwagon jumped the gu

    by ch2praxis

    There are two major problems about it. The whole Cameron camp got sworn into secrecy and declining any comment for fear of leaks, while the whole diehard fanboy community only cares about talking Battle Angel since they have no idea what Project 880 is about. When the Mali Finn was calling for someone along the lines of Alita of B.A. (which is not, btw), then, someone from AICN started hyping as if it were the real Battle Angel happening this summer. Since Cameron is not saying anything, then the whole press jumped on the bandwagon as well. NOW, I&#39;ve just received confirmation from the Cameron crew members that the next JC Film IS "Untitled Project 880", and NOT "BATTLE ANGEL", due to the size of the script which needs to the reshaped. Meanwhile, Project 880 will come first.

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 7:51 p.m. CST

    this is the right message below- casting call for UNTITLED PROJE

    by ch2praxis

    http://www.hollywoodnorthreport.com/article.php?Article=2210 Casting Call For Cameron&#39;s Untitled Project 880 - No prior Film Experience Necessary Mali Finn Casting is looking for &#39;fresh faces&#39; to star in a James Cameron film that begins principal photography Spring 2006. Untitled Project 880 will be shot in Baja, Mexico, for 2006, with the comic book-to-film Battle Angel, following in 2007. Both projects will be shot back-to-back for Fox. For &#39;Untitled Project 880&#39;, the company says although no prior film experience is necesssary, voice, movement, and acting training are imperative. They are seeking: FEMALE LEAD: 16-mid 20s. Any ethnicity, including Caucasian. She moves and behaves with confidence and a sense of nobility. Lithe as a cat. Athletic and agile. She is a warrior. Graceful movement and an ear for languages and dialects are essential. Applicants must download and fill out an application and must have Adobe Acrobat 7.0 to read. The company also asks to please include two (2) recent snapshots or Polaroids (one close up/one full body shot) and the following information on the back of each photo: NAME - CONTACT # - HEIGHT - WEIGHT - D.O.B Mail completed applications and photos to: Mali Finn Casting 8284 Santa Monica Blvd. W. Hollywood, CA 90046 Attn: Untitled Project APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 19, 2005. Click on the Source link for more. Source: Mali Finn Casting

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Are people REALLY excited about this?

    by slone13

    Seriously? Battle Angel Alita?!?! REALLY??!?!! This sounds like a huge waste of time, money, and talent from an otherwise great director.

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 8:40 p.m. CST

    I still think JC&#39;s next is Alita...

    by Rindain

    I&#39;ll believe you when Hollywood Reporter or Variety report that 880 will shoot first--but as of this moment, HR hasn&#39;t changed its story. Are you an insider or something? Why do you believe Hollywood North Report and not Hollywood Reporter and the many other interviews with Cameron in which he claims Battle Angel is his next project? I&#39;ve been following this project since it was a glimmer in Cameron&#39;s eye, and you&#39;re right that following this project has been a rollercoaster ride, and many people are desparate to see it start filming. However, I need more proof before I believe that 880 will be Cameron&#39;s first.

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 8:45 p.m. CST

    that said, I wouldn&#39;t be surprised if you&#39;re right...

    by Rindain

    ...why else isn&#39;t FOX confirming that they have greenlit Battle Angel? Anyway, whichever f(Alita or 880) ilms first, I&#39;m happy to see a JC film happening at all. I wonder what 880 could be? Maybe Cameron has resurrected AVATAR? Or maybe it&#39;s his movie about the sun dying and the human race needing to leave the planet?

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 9 p.m. CST

    articles where JC confirms "BA" as next project:

    by Rindain

    august 2005 article where JC discusses "Battle Angel": http://tinyurl.com/8qvc5

  • http://tinyurl.com/8ve5j

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Cameron&#39;s next project

    by ch2praxis

    I have just been dearly requested by people working for Lightstorm Ent. to cease any information exchange on regards to Project 880 and Battle Angel. Unfortunately, that&#39;s all I can say at this moment. However, I can guarantee that once things are set in motion, more will be said about it as you won&#39;t be regretted that he made a decision to do Project 880 first and Alita second. Actually, Project 880 is a very interesting and exciting one as well, therefore, all I can say is to wait for the reports coming soon, NOT from the Hollywood Reporter, NOT from Variety, but directly from 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 9:41 p.m. CST

    the current plan hasn&#39;t changed since June 05

    by ch2praxis

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000956665

  • Dec. 7, 2005, 9:49 p.m. CST

    why else isn&#39;t FOX confirming that they have greenlit Battle

    by ch2praxis

    Because they are redoing the budget and the script as of we speak. But enough said, otherwise, I will be a hunted man soon.

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 12:18 a.m. CST

    about the budget

    by Rindain

    Hopefully the Fox co-chairs (Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos) won&#39;t cut the budget for "Battle Angel" too much--it would be a shame to see Cameron&#39;s vision neutered because of a risk-averse studio. However, Cameron has been a good friend of Gianopulos for about 15 years, so that gives some hope that the Fox execs will approve whatever Cameron needs to bring his next movie to the screen. I&#39;m eagerly anticipating the official announcement from Fox/Lightstorm--my bet is that if you are right and the entire world&#39;s media has been reporting incorrectly that "Battle Angel" is JC&#39;s next, they will issue a statement soon to clarify.

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Rindain&#39;s email address?

    by ch2praxis

    what&#39;s your email address?

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 1:31 a.m. CST

    email address

    by Rindain

    mstat1@gmail.com

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Rindain&#39;s email address- reply

    by ch2praxis

    Thanks. will contact you directly right now.

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Rindain&#39;s email address- Part 2

    by ch2praxis

    Hopefully, after you reading my forwarded email messages in your mailbox, you will probably understand what the Cameron folks are trying to convey....etc....Best Regards.

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Thanks ch2praxis

    by Rindain

    Thanks for the explanation--Best, Mike

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Ummm....James. You already know who you should cast for Alita.

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Jessica Alba bitch!

  • Dec. 8, 2005, 11:14 a.m. CST

    True stuff. Exclusive. Oh by the way...I use to work for FOX an

    by R.C. the "Wise"