James Cameron had been working on an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga ‘Battle Angel Alita’ for more than a decade, before handing off directing duties to director Robert Rodriguez (Machete / Sin City ).
Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled to hit theaters next year.
The Verge wrote up a short brief of the films story;
The story is set in the 26th century, and is about a female cyborg, Alita (played by Maze Runner: The Death Cure’s Rosa Salazar), who is rescued from a trash heap and repaired by Dr. Dyson Ido (Inglourious Basterds / Downsizing star Christoph Waltz). She discovers that her adopted father moonlights as a bounty hunter, and joins him in his work, learning about her lost past in the process, and fending off attackers who know more about her history than she does.
James Cameron, who is producing the film, has said that the film will be the “spine story” of the first four instalments of the manga.
Cameron also wanted to shoot the entire film digitally, like he later did with Avatar. Rodriguez seems to have followed the through with those plans, because Alita is definitely a digital creation. The character looks like an anime character come to life. It’s probably a deliberate choice, meant to remind viewers at every moment that Alita isn’t human.
Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on July 20th, 2018.