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James Cameron Rescues ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ from Development Hell by Hiring Director

James Cameron Rescues 'Alita: Battle Angel' from Development Hell by Hiring Director

James Cameron and his longtime Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau will produce “Alita: Battle Angel” (formerly “Battle Angel Alita”) at their studio home 20th Century Fox as they continue prepping three ambitious “Avatar” sequels. 

Robert Rodriguez will take over as director, per Variety. Cameron started developing what he calls a “kick-ass epic” based on Yukito Kishiro’s Japanese manga series, which first published in 1990, long before he decided to shoot “Avatar.” 

Set in the 26th century the story centers on a female cyborg with a scraped memory but serious martial arts skills who is found in a junkyard by a doctor who names her after his dead cat. The rebuilt cyborg tracks down and kills vicious criminals.
According to Cameron, the filmmaker had been wanting to direct a project with Rodriguez (“El Mariachi,” “Spy Kids,” “Desperado,” “Sin City”) for years, admiring his “technical virtuosity and rebel style,” per Variety. 

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