Alita: Battle Angel was announced as far back as 2003, but as we’re all aware, much of James Cameron’s time was spent exploring the world of the Na’vi, which we eventually witnessed with 2009’s Avatar. However, we’re finally due to see the cyberpunk spectacle reach screens in 2019.
The film is based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga, Gunnm, and will follow the titular Alita as she navigates a technological dystopia to discover her true potential. It is set to star the likes of Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez and many others, as well as direction from Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Planet Terror). Of course, Cameron will be producing, and here you can listen to the two conversing about the project’s development:
It’s nice to hear both Cameron and Rodriguez discuss the film so passionately, explaining the origins of it and their wishes for its future. The footage looks explosively exciting, and really reinforces the pair’s dialogue concerning the juxtaposition of brutality and beauty. It’s clear that Cameron had such a desire to see Alita: Battle Angel reach the screen, seeing Rodriguez as the perfect collaborator to aid him in his journey.
They promise a world that we can immerse ourselves in, with Rodriguez asserting that we “need a movie like this right now”. From the footage, it makes sense that the duo discuss discipline; it looks like a such a technical marvel, and all the years of painstaking development are evident in the promotional material.
It will be interesting to see how Alita: Battle Angel fares at the box-office when it hits cinemas February 14, 2019, as it’s clear that both would love to continue working within this world we are yet to experience.
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