James Cameron’s dream project, Battle Angel Alita, is getting once step closer to finally being made. Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City) is in talks to helm the live-action adaptation of the highly popular Japanese manga series by Yukito Kishiro.
Retitled Alita: Battle Angel, the movie will be produced by Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau. The story is set in the 26th century and revolves around a female cyborg discovered in a garbage yard by a scientist. With no memory of her past except for her deadly martial arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter and tracks down criminals. The upcoming action-adventure movie will serve as a backdrop to a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and her search for love, with a script written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island).
James Cameron has spent more than 15 years trying to get this cyberpunk film off the ground. But with him being hard at work on his three Avatar sequels, the movie kept being pushed farther and farther away down the pipeline. So if James Cameron wants that movie made sooner rather than later (and some fans may want it sooner), he’s no other choice than to hand over the reins to another director since he’ll be tied up to Avatar 2, 3 and 4 for the next bazillion years.
But is Robert Rodriguez the right man for the job? The Oscar-winning filmmaker said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter):
“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,” stated Cameron. “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.”
With Robert Rodriguez adding:
“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.”
Do you think Robert Rodriguez is the perfect fit for the long-in-the-works live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita? Or would you rather that James Cameron wait a couple more years so that he could tackle it himself?