James Cameron has been very busy lately. In addition to working on the much-anticipated Avatar sequels, he has teamed up with Jon Landau and Robert Rodriguez to work on a new film; Alita: Battle Angel. This is a film adaptation of a manga written by Yukito Kishiro. The setting is a dystopian future where an amnesic cyborg, after being repaired by a doctor, becomes a bounty hunter. According to Variety, The cast so far consists of Rosa Salazar in the title role, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein, Christoph Waltz, and as of this week, Eiza Gonzalez. Gonzalez has already been working with Robert Rodriguez on the From Dusk Till Dawn series, and is set to work on a few other projects. Eiza Gonzalez is a fresh face to the American movie industry, staring primarily in series runs, her first US movie appearance being Jem and the Holograms, which was released in 2015. She is set to appear in two other movies, Baby Driver and Boneyard Canteen, scheduled for release in 2017, before Alita: Battle Angel is released in 2018.
Manga To Live Action
Japanese manga being adapted into live action movies might be the new trend in the industry. Novels and comics have always been adapted to film with varying success. In recent years, there have been a few manga series that have caught the attention of the creative teams, including Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note. Alita: Battle Angel is a long running series consisting of 9 volumes in the first run and 18 volumes in The Last Order. The manga as well as the movie will appeal to science fiction fans, as well as anyone who enjoys media with strong female leads. As with most book – to – screen adaptations, it is recommended that you look into the manga before the movie is released.
Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled to hit theatres July 20th, 2018.