In 2003 James Cameron, creator of the world's all-time highest grossing film, Titanic (1997), developed what he called 'stereoscopic 3D Digital Filming; if you've seen any movie in 3D in the past decade, chances are it was filmed using Cameron's technology.
In June 2005, Cameron announced he was working on two new projects: "Project 880", which turned into the billion-dollar film Avatar, and a live-action adaptation of the 1990 manga-series, Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro, both of which were planned to be triologies. Avatar was released in 2009, and became a billion-dollar blockbuster. Alita: Battle Angel finally entered production in 2016, with Robert Rodriguez directing and Cameron producing.
But the most radical part of the movie? Having an entirely 3D-rendered main-character interacting with real-life actors. Worse yet, Alita, the main character, has anime-ish huge eyes, perhaps to remind us that she isn't quite human, or to remind us that this movie is still based on an anime. The main-stream reaction so far to Cameron's stylistic choice has been quite negative. With a $200 million budget on the line, and based on such a small niche-franchise, it's unlikely the movie will ever be commercially successful.
With horrible anime movie adaptation like Dragonball: Evolution and controversial ones like Ghost in the Shell, it makes you wonder if this will finally be the one to pleases both the fans of the original and the people coming in blind. At least with the story being based in the United States, we don’t have to worry about white washing...right?
Here’s a brief summary of the movie:
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.
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Will Alita: Battle Angel be the movie adaptation that saves all anime movie adaptation, only time will tell. (#NextKillLaKill) If not, we still have the live action .Your Name to save us...maybe?
What are your thoughts on the movie? Do you think it look bad or good? Are you hype for it? Do her large anime eyes turn you on? Tell us in the comments below.