Mega-filmmaker James Cameron has been interested in adapting the Battle Angel Alita graphic novel, for which he owns the film rights, for years. However, the director has been focused on the three sequels to Avatar, making him unavailable to helm Battle Angel within the foreseeable future, if ever. Well, today, it has been announced that the film is moving forward, albeit with a different director.
Via Deadline, 20th Century Fox has confirmed that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids) will direct Alita: Battle Angel. The movie will be produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. The story, set in the 26th century, focuses on Alita, who is “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.”
Cameron had this to say on hiring Rodriguez to bring the graphic novel to life. “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. 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.”
In his own statement, Rodriguez says, “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.”
No release date for Alita: Battle Angel is set yet. But stay tuned for more news as we have it.