Here’s some pretty huge news that should give Robert Rodriguez’s movie career a much-needed shot in the arm. James Cameron has talked for years about wanting to adapt Yukito Kishiro’s sci-fi manga series Battle Angel Alita for the big screen, but with three Avatar sequels currently keeping him busy until at least 2019, that project was quickly becoming a pipe dream. So rather than let the property sit on the shelf indefinitely, he has decided to hand it off to another filmmaker. Robert Rodriguez is stepping up to direct from Cameron’s script, while Cameron will produce with his partner Jon Landau through their company Lightstorm Entertainment. Here’s what Cameron had to say about the announcement:
“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.”
The movie will be titled Alita: Battle Angel and it takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where an amnesiac female cyborg is rescued from a scrapyard and becomes a bounty hunter. Although there is no word on the budget, I’m assuming this will be Robert Rodriguez’s most expensive movie to date, which should be an interesting change of pace. He also signed on to write and direct a live-action Jonny Quest movie earlier this year. Do you think Robert Rodriguez is an inspired choice to direct Alita: Battle Angel?