Alita: Battle Angel is a film that has been a long time coming, and now Yukito Kishiro’s cyberpunk saga is finally heading to the big screen.
James Cameron flirted with the idea of making the story into a film in the mid-2000s, even going so far as to write a 180-page script, but eventually he decided to make a different sci-fi epic – Avatar, which went on to become the high-grossing film in history.
In 2015, Sin City director Robert Rodriguez inquired about the status of Alita, and ended up with Cameron’s script and a new project. So, with Rodriguez directing and Cameron producing with long-time partner Jon Landau, filming finally began in 2016.
Also on board the project, was Weta, the famous special-effects house in New Zealand (who worked on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films) who were given the task of bringing the anime to life, in a photo-realistic style that would perfectly capture Alita’s titular character, as well as the story’s futuristic setting.
This new trailer shows off the dream-like quality of the finished film. Starring Rosa Salazar as Alita, a cyborg who wakes in Iron City, a world she doesn’t recognise, with no memory of her past, the cast also includes the likes of Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.
Alita: Battle Angel is set for release on February 6th in the UK, and February 14th in the US.