James Cameron has enlisted the help of director Robert Rodriguez to finally get Battle Angel made after 15 years of development.
Cameron started working on the long gestating project back in 2000, while also developing Avatar at the same time, and co-wrote a screenplay with Shutter Island’s Laeta Kalogridis. Avatar won out around 2005, and became his focus.
With box office phenomena Avatar, and its forthcoming sequels, the development of Battle Angel slowed considerably, despite Cameron still talking about it. The movie is an adaptation of Yukito Kishir’s sci-fi graphic novel.
Fans of the source material can now rejoice that Cameron has hired Rodriguez to direct the picture – someone who knows how to get projects moving. True Lies director Cameron spoke of his excitement about the film and working with the El Mariachi filmmaker.
He said (via Deadline): “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 story will be set in the 26th century, where a female cyborg is retrieved and restored from a junkyard by a doctor. And despite suffering from amnesia, she soon rediscovers her deadly fighting ability, which she uses to become a bounty hunter in the crime-ridden dystopian world.
Cameron will produce the live-action film alongside collaborator Jon Landau for 20th Century Fox – there is still no word on a release date, although we expect to hear more news very soon.
From Dusk Till Dawn director Rodriguez also confirmed his admiration for Cameron and his screenplay.
He said: “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.”