Maybe it’s because I’ve never saw the series that I knew nothing about this. Apparently James Cameron had been trying for years to get the Live action version of Alita: Battle Angel off the ground. With Cameron otherwise tied up with the Avatar Sequels for the foreseeable future, Cameron and his producing partner, Jon Landau, have decided to hire someone else to do it.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox and Cameron are in talks with Robert Rodriguez to bring Yukito Kishiro’s graphic novel series to life.
Cameron’s comments on hiring Rodriguez:
“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.”
“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.”
Battle Angel Alita, known in Japan as Gunnm is a manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990 and originally published in Shueisha’s Business Jump magazine. The series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and focuses on Alita, a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita’s attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey. (Via Wikipedia)