‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Featurette: James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez Talk Making the Manga Adaptation

/Film | 1/18/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez are the two high-profile names behind Alita: Battle Angel, which is set to hit theaters in February. A month ahead of the film’s theatrical release, 20th Century Fox has released a new Alita Battle Angel featurette depicting a conversation between the two filmmakers speaking about their vision for this big-budget anime adaptation.

Alita: Battle Angel is “not like any of the films that I’ve done before or you’ve done before,” Cameron said in the featurette, which delves a little into the film’s long production history before launching into a two-minute praise session between the two directors.

Alita - Story - Juxtaposition - Action - World

“Alita’s story is really about that juxtaposition of that really hard-edged action and this really brutal world with this very soft-centered character who’s also tough as steel,” Cameron said of the film, speaking at length about how he initially wanted to direct Alita but had his hands full with the Avatar sequels. “Then I thought, am I really ready to give up my baby? So I said, if you can crack the code and you want to do it, let’s do it.”

Rodriguez was happy to take on the directorial duties, having identified so much with the character at the center of the film, played by Rosa Salazar. “It’s such a unique character and the way that it was in your script, I thought I identify with this character: feeling insignificant, realizing she has power but figuring out what to do with that power,” Rodriguez added. “How do you decide your own morality,...
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