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.”
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.
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.