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