20th Century Fox have announced that Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct and James Cameron and Jon Landau will produce “Alita: Battle Angel,” a live action epic action-adventure adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s famed Japanese manga and graphic novel series “Battle Angel Alita”.
Set in the 26th century, the story follows an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior who tracks down and eliminates vicious criminals while in the process of discovering herself.
Cameron has been developing the property for many years as a potential directorial effort, but his “Avatar” commitments have prevented him from taking on the job of directing. In a statement, Cameron says:
“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. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. 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.”
Cameron and Landau will produce through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Robert Rodriguez also has a statement:
“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, whose films have impacted me for decades.”
Cameron and Landau will continue pre-production on the three “Avatar” sequels which are due to shoot next year.