Before Avatar happened, James Cameron was working on an adaptation of the manga series Alita: Battle Angel, but due to other commitments (such as Avatar), this project was left behind. With an Avatar sequel coming up (no matter how much me kick and scream), Cameron is too busy to make Alita happen, but he has rescued the project and put it on Robert Rodriguez’s hands. And so this adaptation is happening.
With a script written by Cameron and with him also serving as producer, Robert Rodriguez is ready to move on with this project – more so now that they have found their leading lady.
According to Collider, Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and Insurgent) will bring Alita to life. Although she is relatively new in the business, Salazar is no stranger to action movies set in post-apocalyptic settings, which makes her an excellent choice for this role.
Alita: Battle Angel, created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990, follows a woman cyborg with amnesia who can only remember one thing: the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, leading her to become a Hunter Warrior (or bounty hunter) and track down criminals. At the same time, Alita attempts to rediscover her past.
Take a moment to imagine how incredible this will look with James Cameron’s expertise on CGI and 3D and Robert Rodriguez’s unique style and vision. Fingers crossed for the rest of production to go on smoothly.
There’s no release date yet or any lead on when will production begin, but it all points at it finally happening after being in development for years. Let’s hope it won’t be long until they start filming and we can get some first looks at Alita in action.
We will keep you posted on further details regarding this adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel.
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