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

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Thu, 10/15/2015 - 00:02

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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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