Last we heard from "Avatar" director James Cameron, his planned film based on Yukito Kishiro's "Battle Angel Alita" manga hadn't progressed very far, but he had some big ideas about the visual effects needed to bring to life the story of a rescued robotic warrior and her quest for redemption.
While his producing partner Jon Landau previously indicated that "Alita" would follow an "Avatar" sequel in their to-do list, Cameron told MTV News recently that the adaptation might not be as far off as that. In fact, it might happen before "Avatar 2."
"They're both possible projects," Cameron said of "Alita" and "The Dive," another effects-heavy film that's been on his radar for years. "I'm sort of weighing this constellation of really cool things I want to do."
"There's 'X' amount of time available, and I do want to do another 'Avatar' film — probably two — and I'm talking to Fox about that now," he added. "There's a strong possibility that I might insert one of these other movies in between before I do that. It's all up in the air right now."
Late last year, Cameron said the necessary blending of live-action and CG effects made the project "tricky" — a fact that made him glad he tested the filming technique on "Avatar" first.
"The mixture of live-action and CG is a little trickier in 3-D than it is 2-D," Cameron told MTV News. "Now we see it's good to have done 'Avatar' first before 'Battle Angel,' because the tricky scenes are where you're blending live-action photography, stereoscopic photography and CG."