Live-Action "Alita: Battle Angel" Finally Shows Its Hand
Bet you thought this day would never come. For decades, live-action manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel seemed like James Cameron’s next-project, to be made the Dark Angel TV series or the Avatar sequels. Now, it’s finally coming and a teaser is offering a look at its make on the iconic beginning of the Yukito Kishiro sci-fi action manga.
— Alita: Battle Angel (@Alitamovie) December 8, 2017
Rosa Salazar is playing the title character, and Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein are among the other cast members.
Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Desperado, Spy Kids) will direct the live-action adaptation, produced by Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau.
Hollywood Reporter has described the film, eyed by Fox for Summer 2018:
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.