James Cameron Still Planning to Direct Battle Angel

“We’ll focus on ‘Avatar’ for the next four or five years,” producer Jon Landau told the site when asked about Cameron’s continued interest in the property, “Hopefully right after that… I am confident you will see it. It’s one of my favorite stories, I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: ‘What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?’ And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences.”

Set in a cyborg-dominated 26th century, 300 years after society fell to a catastrophic war, Battle Angel follows a young girl in a cyborg body who, after being found in wreckage and repaired, realizes that she has lost her memory and doesn’t even know who she really is.

The most recent update to the adaptation had Laeta Kalogridis providing the screenplay for the project, which would combine the first three graphic volumes of Kishiro’s work, “Ido,” “Alita” and “Hugo.”

Cameron cast some doubt on whether or not he’d ever realize his adaptation earlier this year, but Landau’s update could mean that the project hits theaters as early as 2017.