Many people may not be aware of Battle Angel Alita. The Japanese Graphic Novel by Yukito Kishiro received quite some acclaim when it was released. So much so, that James Cameron bought the rights to make a film adaptation back in the 90s. Cameron has been working to get the project made ever since, but the Avatar movies took up the majority of his time.
With the sequels to Avatar already in development, Cameron seems to have realised that he may not have time to direct this as well. With this in mind, Cameron has decided that he will produce the project, while handing the director’s chair over to Robert Rodriguez.
The story of the graphic novel takes place against the backdrop of the 26th century and follows a female cyborg who becomes a deadly assassin.
The two held a press conference recently to discuss this advancement in the project. During this, Cameron stated that, “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.”
Rodriguez also stated that he saw Battle Angel as “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.”
This certainly is an interesting collaboration. Rodriguez is known for traditionally making very small budget movies, basically by himself, while Cameron is known for producing films of a massive budget, and somehow still turning a profit with them. I have to admit, I am interested to see the product that these two men will produce.