Robert Rodriguez To Direct Battle Angel Alita

A live adaptation of Tukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita is may be directed by Robert Rodriquez. For several years James Cameron and fans of the graphic novel have wanted to make a live action film. With three sequels to Avatar going back to back-to-back, Cameron is now trying to tap Robert Rodriquez to helm the live action project.

Set in the 26th century, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. After being rebuilt Alita can only remember her combat training and becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals.

“Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel,” Cameron said in a statement. “He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.” [Deadline]