When compared to most other directors today, Robert Rodriguez has one of the more varied filmographies. From Sin City to the Spy Kids series and the Machete films, Rodriguez has attempted to appeal with a whole lot of different audiences with his work; one thing seems to remain the same with all of Rodriguez’s films, however, and that is his unique directing style. No matter how big or small the budget may be, Rodriguez always tries to make the most of it with often over-the-top visual effects and heavy action – which is often accompanied by a touch of camp or humor to balance things out.
THR is reporting that Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the big screen adaptation of Battle Angel Alita – a popular manga graphic novel series – with Avatar director James Cameron (who owns the film rights) and his partner Jon Landau set to produce.
The film itself will be titled Alita: Battle Angel, and will follow a young female cyborg in a post-apocalyptic setting, who is found and subsequently rescued and repaired by a cybernetics doctor. With no recollection of her life before she was found in the trash heap (except for her vast experience in martial arts), Alita becomes a bounty hunter as she attempts to discover who she truly is.
Rodriguez’s visual style could be the perfect fit for this type of film, as he made sure to point out while commenting on this news:
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.
With Cameron and Landau producing, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume that Rodriguez’s budget will be a little more than what he is accustomed to, allowing him to bring that vibrancy he describes to life. Cameron himself wanted to directed the film for quite some time, but now it seems his daunting Avatar sequel trilogy schedule has forced him to hand it over to Rodriguez – whom Cameron says he has been trying to collaborate with for years:
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.
While we now know that Rodriguez will be directing Alita: Battle Angel, what remains unclear is which, out of the three movies he has lined up, is next for him. He’s had Fire and Ice lined up the longest, but the other two are larger projects that should take more time to complete in post-production. Whatever the case is, it will certainly be interesting to see in the next few months which project Rodriguez decides to take on first.
We’ll bring you more information on Alita: Battle Angel when we have it.