After over 15 years of delays, hiatuses, and talks, the James Cameron produced Alita: Battle Angel movie has come to pass! The cyberpunk action/adventure manga by Yukito Kishiro originally ran from 1990 to 1995 with Cameron planning on adapting since at least the early 2000’s. The project was put on hold on several occasions while the director’s focus shifted to the Avatar franchise until he passed the reins to Robert Rodriguez in 2015 and production following not long after. A teaser at long last being dropped last night followed by a release of a full trailer today!
The adaptation stars Rosa Salazar as Alita, a cyborg brought back to life in a post-apocalyptic future after being found in a junkyard by the kindly Dr. Dyson Ido, played by Christoph Waltz. The full plot of the film has been sparing, but going by comments from Cameron, it will retell the story of the first few books of the manga. The trailer already shows some iconic characters, battles, and details from the original series such as the floating city above the Scrapyard, Tiphares/Zalem, the Kansas Bar, and Alita’s fighting style, Panzer Kunst. After so many years of waiting, it seems like the film is indeed following a faithful adaptation! Alita: Battle Angel is slated for an official release in July 2018.