After more than a decade in development under director James Cameron, the highly-anticipated graphic novel adaptation Alita: Battle Angel is finally moving forward, with Robert Rodriguez coming aboard to direct. We last heard about the project back in 2013, when James Cameron revealed he plans on directing Alita: Battle Angel after his Avatar sequels, but now that he is filming Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 back-to-back, the filmmaker has handed the reins over to Robert Rodriguez. James Cameron is still produce alongside Jon Landau.
Based on the graphic novel series by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel is set in the 26th Century, with the story centering on Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a junkyard by a doctor. The cyborg is rebuilt, only remembering her martial arts training, as she is programmed to hunt and take down violent criminals, while she goes on her own journey of self-discovery. Here's what James Cameron had to say in a statement about bringing Robert Rodriguez on board.
"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."
Lightstorm Entertainment partners James Cameron and Jon Landau are set to produce for 20th Century Fox. James Cameron also co-wrote the screenplay with Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar), but it isn't known if Robert Rodriguez and/or another writer will come on board for rewrites. Here's what the new director had to say about taking on Alita: Battle Angel.
"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."
Robert Rodriguez most recently directed last year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He most recently signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of Jonny Quest, but it isn't clear if Battle Angel will happen before Jonny Quest or not. Do you think Robert Rodriguez is a good choice to tackle Battle Angel? Let us know in the comments below.