‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Featurette Reveals James Cameron’s Original Concept Art

/Film | 6/19/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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Alita: Battle Angel was not a big hit in the United States, earning only $85.7 million at the box office earlier this year. But overseas, the movie performed much better with over $319 million raked in across international territories. We’re not sure if that’s enough to warrant a sequel, especially now that 20th Century Fox is owned by The Walt Disney Company, but maybe if the film does well on home video, there will be some hope to see the story continue.

Speaking of which, Alita: Battle Angel is coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital next month, and today we have a sneak peek at one of the special features you’ll find on the home video release. In the Alita Battle Angel featurette, director Robert Rodriguez talks about bringing a project to life that James Cameron was previously unable to realize due to the limitations of technology nearly 15 years ago, and we get to see how some of the Avatar director’s original art still inspired the movie.

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Dylan Cole, the concept design supervisor on the film, talks about how James Cameron’s original art from a 2005 pitch reel was “kind of legendary” among concept artists. And when you see the gorgeous art that was included in that reel nearly 15 years ago, you’ll understand why. That also explains why some of the film’s scenes are very loyal to that concept art.

On top of that, Robert Rodriguez commissioned a lot of concept design work that was directly inspired by the art of the original manga. There are even shots in the movie that Rodriguez wanted to capture a specific frame from Yukito Kishiro‘s work. The result is a movie that really is visually stunning and builds a world that you want to spend more time in.

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