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James Cameron & Robert Rodriguez Adapting Battle Angel Alita Manga To Film

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James Cameron’s adaptation of the Battle Angel Alita Manga series is finally happening as Carmeron has brought Robert Rodriguez on board to direct.

Deadline reports Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids, Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn) is currently in talks to direct the the live-action adaptation of the graphic novel series Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro.

The reports states Cameron is too busy with the Avatar movies to helm the film himself.

“Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel,” James Cameron said in a statement. “He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.”

Robert Rodriguez aded: “Battle Angel is an incredibly rich and vibrant epic in the tradition of Jim Cameron’s spectacular, character-driven films. Getting to work from Jim’s terrific and visionary script while learning the cutting edge techniques he’s pioneered is a master class in filmmaking. It’s an honor to explore the world of Alita along with Jim and Jon, whose films have impacted me for decades.” 

Set in the 26th century, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.

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Watch: James Cameron Reacting To Terminator Genisys In New Featurette

The co-writer and director of the first two Terminator movies, James Cameron, weighs in on Terminator: Genisys in the above featurette.

Cameron, who didn’t have anything to do with the making of this film, notes he’s just a “fanboy” this time out and says it’s respectful of the first two films and more in the above video.

Check it out.

“Terminator Genisys” has a July 1, 2015 release starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese.

Synopsis:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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First Look At Avatar Theme Park With James Cameron

Disney has released a behind-the-scenes look at their new Avatar theme park with director James Cameron getting an inside look.

 “I think one of the things that people loved about the movie is that they felt as if they had visited Pandora,” Cameron told Disney. “Now, thanks to Disney’s amazing Imagineers, people are going to truly experience Pandora firsthand. From the details in the plants to the production and design, extraordinary thought and care has gone into this entire world. The teams have really created something special, and it’s not going to be like anything else.”

The Avatar theme park is part of Disney’s Animal Kindgom and is thought to open by the time Avatar 2 is released, which is December 25, 2017.

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David Goyer To Write Fantastic Voyage For James Cameron

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It’s reported that David Goyer will be writing the new Fantastic Voyage movie, which is produced by James Cameron.

THR has it that Goyer will be writing a treatment for the film as well as executive producing the remake. Of course David Goyer was responsible for the Batman movies, Man of Steel, is rumored to be writing Justice League and is involved in the WB Sandman movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

It’s said Fox is fast-tracking Fantastic Voyage and is eyeing it as an “event-sized tentpole.”

The original Fantastic Voyage from 1966 saw a Russian scientist figure out a way to permanently miniaturize things only to get shot and placed in a coma when he tried defecting to the West. The movie then follows a team of doctors aboard the miniturized sub, the Proteus, injected into the Russian in an attempt to save his life and learn his secrets.

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Stephen Lang Returning For All 3 Avatar Sequels

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James Cameron confirms that Stephen Lang will be back in the Avatar sequels.

The director told Deadline the news about Lang returning.

“Steven was so memorable in the first film, we’re privileged to have him back,” Cameron said.

Just how Lang will return remains to be seen as the 2009 movie seemed to feature Lang’s demise.

“I’m not going to say exactly how we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all,” Cameron offered. “His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who’s also become a good friend.”

Stephen Lang played Colonel Miles Quaritch, head of RDA’s on-planet security. Below you can check out video of his “death.”

The sequls for Avatar go into production next October with release dates set for December 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Avatar Sequels To Film October 2014

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It’s learned that the Avatar sequels will begin filming next October as Sam Worthington let it be known in a recent interview.

Worthington appeared on an Australian radio show with Variety picking up on the news.

“We are going to start this time next year and we will do two, three and four,” Worthington told NovaFM.  “In one shot, we’ll do them simultaneously. I’ll be grateful if it finishes.”

Fox Studios recently announced there will be three sequels to the multi-billion-dollar-plus 2009 movie with release dates set for December 2016, 2017 and 2018.

As Sam Worthington noted above, James Cameron will be filming all the Avatar sequels consecutively.

Avatar grossed $2.5 billion at the box office and is also the #1 selling Blu-Ray of all time.

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No Arnold Schwarzenegger For Avatar 2 Says Fox Studios

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A day or so ago it was rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reuniting with James Cameron for Avatar 2 set to play a villain in the film in the form of a general.

Now a rep for Fox Studios tells Variety there is no truth to the rumor.

It makes senses that Arnold Schwarzenegger might not be in Avatar 2 as it’s thought James Cameron will begin production next year.

Arnold is said to begin filming the Terminator  reboot and the Legend of Conan in 2014, so it seems as if his schedule wouldn’t permit a lengthy shoot.

Avatar 2 has a December 2016 release date with James Cameron possibly filming two more additional sequels at the same time.

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New Gravity Trailer Now Online Starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock

By all indications, Gravity is supposed to be a good movie, at least that’s what early reviews indicate as well as some Hollywood buzz with James Cameron describing the film as the “best space film ever done.”

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for the flick which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

Gravity has a October 4, 2013 release.

Synopsis:

Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

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Avatar 2, 3 & 4 Announced: Filming Simultaneously; New Writers On Board

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Fans have not only one Avatar sequel to look forward to, but James Cameron has let it be known that there will be a total of three sequels to the highest grossing film of all time.

Production for Avatar 2, 3, and 4 will begin next year as Cameron shoots all three movie simultaneously for December 2016, 2017 and 2018 release dates.

It’s also learned that James Cameron has brought on board new writers for the Avatar movies with Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno.

Josh Friedman’s credits include the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Black Dahlia, War of the Worlds, and is also executive producer on the Lock & Key movie, which is created by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill.

Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Fox; Shane Slaerno wrote Armageddon and previously collaborated with Cameron on Fantastic Voyage.

James Cameron released the following statement about the new team of Avatar writers:

“Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience. In writing the new films, I’ve come to realize that Avatar’s world, story and characters have become even richer than I anticipated, and it became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything I wanted to put on screen. And to help me continue to expand this universe, I’m pleased to bring aboard Amanda, Rick, Shane and Josh — all writers I’ve long admired –­ to join me in completing the films screenplays.”

20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos also added:

“We at the studio have no higher priority, and can feel no greater joy, than enabling Jim to continue and expand his vision of the world ofAvatar. The growing breadth and scale of Jim Cameron’s plans for his magnificent fantasy worlds continue to amaze us all.”

Avatar grossed $2.5 billion at the box office and is also the #1 selling Blu-Ray of all time. It’s also thought that Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthinton will be back to reprise their characters.

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James Cameron Updates Avatar 2; Talks Release Date & Peter Jackson Had It Easy

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James Cameron informs LifeGoesStrong.com that he’s working on both Avatar 2 and 3, and also jokes that his friend Peter Jackson had it easy for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

“I’m working on ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘Avatar 3.’ I was talking the other day with Peter Jackson and said, ‘You had it easy dude. You had the books when you did the second and third ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I have to create my own books in my head and extract a script from it,” Cameron said and continued with an update on the movies. “I’m deep into it and I’m living in Pandora right now. There is that start up torque where you feel it’s coming to you. Then you build up momentum. That’s when it gets fun. The characters talk and it’s writing itself. I’m almost there right now. It’s building fast.”

As Avatar grosses $2 billion plus at the box office, the Oscar-award-winning director is asked if there is any pressure with the follow-up, in which he replies that there is none.

“Pressure, no. It’s a little daunting because sequels are always tricky,” Cameron said. “You have to be surprising and stay ahead of audience anticipation. At the same time, you have to massage their feet with things that they know and love about the first film. I’ve walked that line in the past, so I’m not too worried about it. At the same time, I definitely have to deliver the goods…As for a release date that will be determined by when I get the script out. No pressure!” 

Avatar arrived in 2009 and took movie goers by storm amassing the largest gross for any movie with $2.02 billion worldwide with a U.S. gross of just over three-quarters of a billion dollars. It’s first three opening weekends saw the film average around $70 million.

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Casey’s Dune Hollywood Film Draft: Cameron, Stewart, Hemsworth, Connery, Nicholson

(Editor’s Note: The following is part of The First Cosmic Book News Fantasy Hollywood Draft)

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By: Casey Gordon

Director: James Cameron – Jimmy C, as I like to refer to him, is a relatively well known director, responsible for such cult hits and underrated classics like The Abyss, Titanic, and Avatar. Now, can he handle Dune? Good question. I think the answer is yes. He has dealt with licenses in several of his past productions, such as the Titanic (that one museum place owns it maybe, but I mean, he didn’t make it up. The Titanic hit an ice cube and sank. Oops), Rambo, and Aliens. And that group turned out well enough. Perhaps his biggest hits were mostly his creations, like Avatar, and not sourced from elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make Dune. Referencing Avatar again, that film also showed that he could lead a team to create a believable (if you’re into believing stuff) alien world, and then bring it to life. And maybe sand doesn’t sound exciting. But it is. Or maybe I should have picked Peter Jackson. But then the already long walking across Arrakis would become even longer. And Jimmy C’s milkshakes bring all the boys to the theatres.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2737:]]Gurney Halleck? Well, Patrick Stewart of course. What? You say he already has done it? DAMN RIGHT! And he hasn’t really changed at all. And the man is a muse. And he knows how to use a sword. I’m not going to explain it any more either. So there.

Duncan Idaho. He was a pretty cool guy. Until he died (OR DID HE? He did. But not really). But he is the Swordmaster in residence, the ladies loved him, and he killed record amounts of the Emperor’s Sardaukar. He is Chis Hemsworth. I mean, this is the role for him to play, look at his role as Thor, or the Huntsman (decent, but that movie…I shake my head).  He can easily be a warrior who enjoys his Spice beer a bit too much, but can easily hold his own in a fight. He could do it. 

Stilgar. He’s the stalwart leader of Sietch Tabr. The leader of the desert nomads; the Fremen. And he is Sean Connery. He is at the age where he can command respect, but has the appearance of one who has fought for many hard years in the past before he reached this place. And while he may be old, the fight hasn’t left him yet. Is he retired from acting? Not when he hears of his casting. A proper crazy Ivan this will be.

Baron Harkonnen will be Jack Nicholson. Now maybe he isn’t fat enough to be in a suspensor suit, but minor detail. He certainly has villainy under his [[wysiwyg_imageupload:2738:]]control, such as the commanding Colonel Jessup, the crazed Jack Torrance, or the dastardly Daryl van Horn. All of whom have characteristics that would combine to make one fantastic Baron. A sadistic, scheming old man with everything he needs, but nonetheless has lust for ever more power.

Next up is Tom Felton as the Sting. I mean Tom Felton as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. Tom Felton is mainly known for one role, that of Draco Malfoy, which is how he came into consideration for this role. He has had plenty of practice at being a bad guy, but as an accessory to the main evil, not as his own menace, which is almost exactly what Feyd is. He can act the haughty heir, raised the sadistic heir of the Harkonnen family, as he did for the Malfoys. And while we all know what happens at the end, until that point, he’s had this role for 10 years. Now let it be used for a better franchise.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2739:]]The Lady Jessica is Cate Blanchett. The Lady Jessica is a respected role. She is the mother of Paul Muad’dib, the concubine of Duke Leto Atreides, and a Reverend Mother of the Fremen. She is in almost a regal position in the world of Dune. And Cate Blanchett’s filmography has helped prepare her for the role, as Queen Elizabeth I, Galadriel, and Katherine Hepburn. And all of those roles are of powerful, regal women, as is the Lady Jessica.

And finally we come to Paul Muad’dib Atreides. To be cast as Paul is Josh HutchersonHutcherson has had a solid acting career since the age of 10.  Most recently, he was cast in the Hunger Games in the leading position as Peeta Somelastnameoranother.  And with that, he can become Paul. And while he might have been beaten up a bit in that film, he would kick way more ass on Dune. And he could do it. He’s a strong young actor, and this would cement his place in history.  In addition, it seems that his hair could be styled the same way that MacLachlan had his hair as Paul in the 1984 Dune film directed by David Lynch. Because that is the official Atreides heirstyle (get it?).

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The Spice must flow . . . again!

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