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April 18, 2012
Rant: Why won’t James Cameron let someone else direct “Battle Angel”?
— Posted by The Amazing Anthony
He read the books! This alone is almost unprecedented approach based on some recent Hollywood attempts for a faithful adaptation of a manga, let alone the thought of being faithful to the source material. This is great stuff. I love that. He wasn’t a fan of Manga in general but something in that book attracted the attention of a deep sea diver and famed film director. My problem is that this interest started waaaaay back in 2009. MTV recently caught up with the director and wisely asked Cameron for an update on the project and… welll…
Keeping in mind that Cameron is a very environmentally aware individual this implies that he feels obligated, at this point, to continue with the Avatar franchise. I get that. It doesnt hurt that it’s a proven multi-billion dollar earner either. I get it. That’s fine. But what about guys like me who wanna see cybernetic steampunk bounty hunter action?
Alright. He’s enthused. Again I like it but dammit I’m anxious! The first Avatar film came out at the tail end of 2009 with the next film in the planned trilogy not expected until 2016 according to producer Jon Landau. Sure if he films them both back to back then its possible that he could begin working shortly thereafter but with the man’s meticulous approach to film making I’m guesstimating a 2020 release at the earliest. You know what’ll happen by 2020? Me either but that seems waaay too long to have to wait. It’s already been 3 years and I might have to wait another 8? Why won’t he produce and let someone else oversee direction?! There’s plenty of talented people he could tap for a project like this. He’s got half of the best ones on speed dial. Michael Bay would add his own style and touch to the film but at least he’d get the movie out this decade! Steven Spielberg? Guillermo DelToro? Alfono Cuaron? Hell even a newbie if he’s talented enough! Neill Blomkamp took the world by surprise when he unleashed District 9 on us. And what’s this about prying it from his cold dead fingers? I’d love to see you make the movie Mr. Cameron but you’re busy diving into the Mariana Trench and developing technology to make this film. BTW James Cameron is currently 57 and would be a tender 69 in 2020. YEAH, I SAID IT! Good greif. </rant>
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