Critically and commercially acclaimed director James Cameron (The Terminator / Titanic / Avatar / Aliens) has been trying to get an adaptation of Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) made since 2000. He has cited a busy schedule and the underdevelopment of CGI tech as reasons for constantly delaying the project.
Fast forward to the present and Cameron has decided to only produce the film and have Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn / Spy Kids) direct the film. The movie boasts A-list talent and production staff, which is the first for an American adaptation of a manga. Alita: Battle Angel will star:
- Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails / The Divergent Series) as Alita.
- Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds / Django Unchained) as Doctor Dyson Ido.
- Jennifer Connely (Requiem For a Dream / A Beautiful Mind) as a villain.
- Keean Johnson (Nashville) as Hugo.
The science-fiction story is also easy to digest into a single film: it follows a female cyborg trying to discover her past and the meaning of humanity. It’s a theme that is commonly explored in sci-fi and is accessible to many people.
Then the first Alita: Battle Angel trailer dropped. It set everything up perfectly, showcasing a vibrant world and it’s talented cast. Too bad the internet only noticed Alita’s big anime-styled eyes.
Seriously, those eyes the only thing people are talking about right now:
i think we all know where alita battle angel is going pic.twitter.com/zGyKrYb2ox
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) December 8, 2017
In the wake of that 'Alita: Battle Angel' trailer, seems like a good time to collectively remember this iconic demon child. pic.twitter.com/ORAaHeXwZC
— Adam Chitwood (@adamchitwood) December 8, 2017
behind the scenes snapshot of alita: battle angel pic.twitter.com/l9uaB5SWeO
— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) December 8, 2017
Really excited to see a movie being made of this story…
Her eyes are SERIOUSLY freaking me out. Like, DAMN.
— Michael Valentine (@Taoresias) December 8, 2017
— Molotera the Legarreta (@jesuisundziu) December 8, 2017
The Alita: Battle Angel IRL anime eyes are truly horrifying. Some styles only work when drawn. pic.twitter.com/esrguGBshR
— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) December 8, 2017
Battle Angel Alita (2018)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/YhSNc0AvGB
— Perry@Training for KiT Jan 5-7 (@experimilk) December 8, 2017
found the shooting script for alita: battle angel (2018) pic.twitter.com/lgjXAh5QlY
— Sean (@colonydrop) December 8, 2017
I don't know what you're all talking about, I think BATTLE ANGEL ALITA looks fine. pic.twitter.com/Syfc09865e
— olilyttelton (@olilyttelton) December 8, 2017
— AlbertArt🎥📸🇨🇦 (@albertart) December 8, 2017
— Yoruneko (@yorun3ko) December 8, 2017
Yeah, looks like someone in the design department didn’t get the memo about anime eyes causing an uncanny valley effect.
You can see Alita: Battle Angel in its big-eyed glory on July 20, 2018.