Alita: Battle Angel Trailer: Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s Live-Action Manga Adaptation


Before James Cameron decided to spend another decade of his life making more Avatar sequels, he also had plans to adapt Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Battle Angel: Alita for the big screen. Rather than put the project on hold, he decided to bring Robert Rodriguez on board to direct while remaining involved as a co-writer and producer. The movie stars Rosa Salazar (CHiPs) in the lead role as Alita, an amnesiac cyborg who slowly learns that she was built to be a warrior. They have made the odd choice to give her giant CG eyes that more closely resemble the art style of the manga, although no one else in the movie seems to have the same look. Alita: Battle Angel also stars Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley and it hits theatres on July 20th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • Henrik

    Very cool, except for the eye CGI. Nice song.

  • JC

    Bigly disappointed by that trailer. Barf city

  • pcch7

    She totally weirds me out and not in a good way. It’s gonna distract me the whole time

  • Lior

    Surprisingly quiet and subtle, the CGI eyes are distracting but you could get used to it, I guess. I’m not familiar with the story at all and the trailer doesn’t reveal much. It’s kind of refreshing. But I guess other more explicit trailers will follow…

  • Tommy

    You can blame Christoph. Ever since Burton’s Big Eyes he’s been obsessed and Rob Rod, the nice guy that he is, acquiesced.

  • adam
  • 1138sw

    Never read the Manga series but eyes look damn weird cause it just over emphasizes the CG used to create her. Very distracting and unnatural. IMO bad choice by RR who I’m not a big fan of anyway.

    But very nice trailer and nice soundtrack too.

    Also is it my imagination or has CG in movies really started looking more CG? Is that possible? Instead of looking more real it looks more fake?

  • Beat_C

    well, i’m sure the eyes are big in the mangas as well. but that’s a mistake filmmakers do time and time again, thinking you can easily transplant a visual like that from one medium to the other. you can’t, as this trailer proves. i completely agree with you, in a case like this, the CG becomes even more obvious and distracting.