We may well enjoy a movie adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, Yukito Kishiro's popular manga series, on the big screen in a not too distant future. James Cameron bought indeed the film rights to Battle Angel and definitely intends to make a movie:
"The mixture of live-action and CG is a little trickier in 3-D than it is 2-D. Now we see it's good to have done Avatar first before Battle Angel, because the tricky scenes are where you're blending live-action photography, stereoscopic photography and CG.
Shooting live stuff in 3-D and then adding CG characters and landscapes beyond that, that's a little tricky"
From what he's saying it sounds like James Cameron want to create some hyper-realistic CGI character (the cyborg Alita) that he would insert in live footage (hybrid CGI/live).
"In the 26th century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist."
I've watched the Battle Angle anime series and I've been hooked from the start by its dystopian universe. So I'm quite glad to hear that James Cameron wants to make a live action battle Angel movie. Unfortunately he didn't tell when they would actually start to film, and knowing James Cameron's genial obsession for details it may still take a few years before anything really happen... Besides he's probably going to work on Avatar 2 first... So even if IMDb is listing the movie Battle Angel for a 2011 release, I doubt it will be released that soon...
Anyway, I'll wait for the live action Battle Angel movie!