Robert Rodriguez to make Battle Angel Alita for James Cameron

James Cameron has tried for about 15 years to bring the manga graphic novel of Battle Angel Alita to the big screen. It seems this will finally happen. According to reports out of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez has signed to direct a live action adaptation produced by James Cameron’s and Jon Landau‘s Lightstorm Entertainment. Reportedly, the project is titled Alita: Battle Angel and there is a script by Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island”).

From the press release, Cameron says “Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.”

Robert Rodriguez adds: “Battle Angel is an incredibly rich and vibrant epic in the tradition of Jim Cameron’s spectacular, character-driven films. Getting to work from Jim’s terrific and visionary script while learning the cutting edge techniques he’s pioneered is a master class in filmmaking. It’s an honor to explore the world of Alita along with Jim and Jon, whose films have impacted me for decades.”

This is what Robert tweeted:

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