Robert Rodriguez to Direct James Cameron’s Battle Angel Alita Adaptation

Rodriguez And Cameron

For several years now, a superstar filmmaker James Cameron has been planning to make a live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s sci-fi manga series Battle Angel Alita, known as Gunnm in Japan, but his own Avatar movies got in the way.

Now, the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision  blog is reporting that Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Machete Kills) is currently in negotiations to take the role of director for the film, produced by Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau. The film would be titled Alita: Battle Angel.

Says Cameron:

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”

Added Rodriguez:

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 [Landau of Lightstorm Entertainment], whose films have impacted me for decades.”

The IMDB page still lists Laeta Kalogridis as the official author of the screenplay. The story concerns an amnesiac female cyborg in the 26th century who is rescued from a scrapyard by a cybernetics doctor, who names her after his deceased cat, Alita. Remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, the cyborg Alita becomes a mercenary hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals while simultaneously attempting to recover her past.

The upcoming action-adventure will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and love. That sounds interesting, but given how long Cameron has had the rights to Battle Angel Alita I’ll believe it when I see it. I also hope they don’t westernize it. Anyway, great if it happens.