Even though it seems like James Cameron is locked into the Avatar franchise for the foreseeable future, producer Jon Landau recently told MovieZine (via Coming Soon) that the director is still looking to adapt Battle Angel for the screen.
"We'll focus on Avatar for the next four or five years," Landau told the site. "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."
The original Battle Angel was a Manga that followed the exploits of a young girl in a cyborg body who must find out who she really is. There is already a script for the movie in place and Cameron has tried to get the movie off of the ground in recent years, but Avatar seemed to get in the way of production. Even though there is a glimmer of hope that it might actually happen now, don’t expect it until at least the end of the decade.