James Cameron, director of such theatrical hits as “Titanic” and “Avatar”, shows off his next project at San Diego Comic Con 2018. Following in the footsteps of Ghost in the Shell, we are getting another movie adaption of a Japanese manga series. Alita: Battle Angel is an upcoming American cyberpunk action film, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Battle Angel Alita. Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, the film is directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by Cameron, who intends to adapt “the spine story” of Yukito Kishiro’s original manga, with a specific focus on the first four books. The film stars Rosa Salazar (Zoe DeHaven on the NBC series Parenthood) in the title role, with supporting roles portrayed by Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.
The Battle Angel Alita manga series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and focuses on Alita, a cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a garbage heap by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita’s attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey.
Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters December 21, 2018.