13 Dec 2017 4:52 PM +00:00 UTC

James Cameron Gave Up Directing Alita: Battle Angel To Make More Avatar Movies

James Cameron is one box office giant, and almost every movie project he gets his hands on turns to gold. He's currently working on the next slew of Avatar movies, but he was originally attached to direct the adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. For now he's just attached as a producer and Robert Rodriguez is directing. What happened?

In an interview with Empire, Rodriguez explained:

"When Avatar becomes the biggest movie of all time, he told me that he's going to spend the rest of his career making Avatars, so I said, ‘What happens to Battle Angel then?' – because as a fan I was just interested! And he said, ‘I don't think I'll ever get to do that. Hey, if you can figure out the script, you can shoot it!' So I took it home, spent all summer working on it, cut it down to 130, 125 pages, without cutting anything that he missed. It was a great gift. We had a blast; anytime I had a question I could just call him or email him and he would send back these hugely detailed answers that were so helpful. He just loves being the producer that he always wants."

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Though Cameron does seem busy with his Avatar movies, he's also attached to produce the next Terminator film with Deadpool director Tim Miller at the helm. If you got to give Cameron credit for something, it's the fact that he works damn hard on his movies.

As for Alita: Battle Angel, I can't wait to see more of the film. Robert Rodriguez is definitely an acquired taste when it comes to movies, and I think he's going to add his own spin of bizarre with this adaptation of Alita. I can't help but feel, however, that there's going to be some sort of backlash by not casting an Asian actress to play the lead. The same drama happened with Ghost in the Shell earlier this year; I'd hate for it to happen to Alita as well.

Alita: Battle Angel is set for a release on July 20, 2018.

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