After 15 years of attempting to bring Yukito Kishiro’s manga Battle Angel Alita to the silver screen, James Cameron is now in negotiations with Robert Rodriguez, of Sin City, Spy Kids and Machete Kills, to direct the live-action movie currently titled Alita: Battle Angel.
As in the Battle Angel manga and OVA (pictured above), the movie’s premise details a scientist stumbling upon a female cyborg in a trash yard. Awakened, but with no memory of her previous life except for her martial arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter. The action-adventure story itself is set against the themes of love and self-discovery long since well-trodden in manga and anime.
While James Cameron and John Landau are producing, Shutter Island‘s Laeta Kalogridis has written a script. But Cameron’s Avatar sequels take precedence, and he won’t be working on Alita until he’s finished directing them.
As for the ongoing manga, the latest series, Gunnm: Kasei Senki (Battle Angel Alita: The Martian War Chronicles), launched in Kodansha’s Evening magazine last year, having moved from Shueisha’s Ultra Jump after a dialogue dispute between Kishiro and the publication.
Source: Hollywood Reporter