Dua Lipa has just released a music video tie-in for Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel. Guillermo del Toro introduced James Cameron to the futuristic sci-fi manga Alita: Battle Angel, with Cameron becoming so enamored by the material he developed it as a project for himself to direct. Like with Avatar, he waited for the technology to catch up with his version, but the project gradually slid into development hell once Cameron put his focus on Avatar.
With the director currently busy helming Avatar 2 & 3 – Avatar 4 & 5 already written and prepped – his slate will be busy in the years ahead. That’s one reason he handed Alita: Battle Angel over to director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn) instead. Rodriguez had to condense a screenplay out of 600 pages of notes by Cameron, with the story focusing on an abandoned cyborg is nursed back to health and must discover her heritage.
This is the biggest project Rodriguez has ever taken on, but early reviews have praised it as an immersive and intense 3D adventure. It’s become something of a tradition for a James Cameron production to have a tie-in single, including Celine Dion’s "My Heart Will Go On" for Titanic and Leona Lewis’ "I See You" for Avatar. Now singer Dua Lipa has recorded a track for Alita: Battle Angel called "Swan Song," with the music video having an appropriately post-apocalyptic vibe.
Fox has also released a new clip from the film, with Alita pondering her past while practicing her combat skills in front of a mirror.
Alita: Battle Angel was originally set for release in 2018, but was pushed back to Valentine's Day 2019. It seems like the marketing for the film hasn’t done much to get viewers hyped, but the early word of mouth suggests the film does a great job with characters and world-building, with lead Rosa Salazar being singled out for praise. There are already plans for a trilogy, but that will depend on how well the first entry does.
Aside for Alita: Battle Angel and the Avatar sequels, Cameron is also busy producing Terminator 6. Tim Miller (Deadpool) will direct this new reboot, which only acknowledges the first two movies as canon. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton return, with Mackenzie Davis joining the franchise as a mysterious new assassin. Terminator 6 is also being designed as a potential trilogy starter, but like Alita: Battle Angel, that will depend entirely on the gross of the first installment.
- Alita Battle Angel (2019) release date: Feb 14, 2019