Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.
Initial release: December 21, 2018 (USA)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Budget: 200 million USD
Adapted from: Battle Angel Alita
Producers: James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Jon Landau
Alita: Battle Angel, the highly anticipated adaptation from James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez, finally has a new trailer.
Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of a discarded cyborg restored by a doctor who happens upon her body. Alita is trained as a bounty hunter, who goes through life trying to remember what happened to her in a past life, using only a handful of discarded memories as clues. Maze Runner star Rosa Salazar, with some help from face-altering special effects, stars as the main character.
The manga was released in 1990, and led to a couple of spinoffs called Battle Angel Alita: Last Order and Gunnm: Mars Chronicle. Cameron and Rodriguez’s film will focus on the core of the story, according to Cameron. The project was first licensed in 1999, and the project has been in some state of development since then.
Rodriguez, best known for Sin City, Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn and Machete, directs from his own script, which I have penned with Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Altered Carbon). Alita: Battle Angel will be released on Dec. 21, 2018.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated the movie would be released on July 22
the latest trailer for Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” shows a bleak future that’s full of cyborg fighting.
The studio showed the trailer and footage on Saturday at a crowd at Comic-Con in San Diego, then dropped the trailer online on Monday. It shows Alita in a dystopian world and grappling with the mystery of her backstory. “It’s the loneliest feeling not knowing who you are,” she says in the clip.
The movie, based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, is based on the premise that Alita is a cyborg without a memory of who she is in a future world. Christoph Waltz appears as a doctor who realizes that Alita still has a heart and soul and that technology has been undiscovered for 300 years.
The fight sequences show the holder Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, battling to hulking half man / half machine with long metal spiked chains that extend from his hands as she becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals.
“Alita: Battle Angel” opens on Dec. 21. The cast also includes Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jennifer Connelly, and Waltz. James Cameron is producing with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner.
Cameron, who is currently shooting a series of “Avatar” sequels, and Laeta Kalogridis wrote the screenplay. Landau told Variety in April at Cinemacon that it’s possible that the film will be based on a franchise.
“Kishiro wrote 30 stories in the Alita series and we used the first three for this movie,” he said. “Our focus is always on one movie but this one is ripe with opportunity.”
James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have dropped a new trailer for their cyberpunk thriller Alita: Battle Angel today.
The trailer was unveiled as part of a Q & A session broadcast live online with Cameron and Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau and star Rosa Salazar. The filmmakers had also attended geek-fest Comic Con, which took place in San Diego over the past week.
Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, the effects-heavy movie tells the story of Alita, a wide-eyed amnesiac cyborg on the run in a dystopian future city. Here’s the new trailer:
During the Q & A Cameron revealed he nearly did Alita: Battle Angel before Avatar after Guillermo Del Toro introduced him to the source material. Instead, Cameron wrote the movie and left Rodriguez in charge on the set.
Here’s an earlier first trailer, released last year and prompting lots of chat about the CG-enhanced anime eyes:
Alita is due to be released in December 2018. While you’re waiting, check out our rundown of the many trailers and teasers coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2018.
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It’s time to pull back the curtains. Big time
Over the past two years, the tech industry has found itself in the middle of so many world-changing events, it’s hard to keep track. We’ve seen privacy leaks like the Cambridge Analytica, Russian interference in our elections, endless harassment, hate speech, the rise of white supremacists and threats of all-out nuclear war, to name just a few.
And yet, we know shockingly little about the decisions that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube make, impacting billions of people every day.
Consider just the past week. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his publication Infowars were largely booted off Apple’s iTunes and Podcasts services, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Stitcher, MailChimp and Vimeo, all within a few days.
In each of these cases, the companies cited their community rules or terms of service, which prohibit hate speech and harassment. When I asked which specific rules, in particular, Jones had run afoul of, Facebook, YouTube, Stitcher, Apple and others either declined to provide details or did not answer to my request.
All they would say is that Jones and Infowars violated their rules, and that was it.
Many people cheered tech’s moves. After all, Jones in particular has accused the families of the 20 first-graders killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 of faking their children’s deaths. At least nine families of Sandy Hook victims have now sued Jones and Infowars for defamation. How could that type of speech – demonstrably false claims that led to harassment of grieving families – be OK?
Add in that more than half of US adults support tech companies taking steps to restrict false information, “even if it limits the public’s freedom to access and publish information,” as a Pew Research Center survey found in April. You’d think this is a no-brainer.
Yet, when the big tech companies cut off Infowars account, some people cried foul. This time, because the companies did not explain the specific reason why. What had changed that week? They refused to say.
That’s why I think it’s time for Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Susan Wojcicki, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to share with us, publicly and openly, the details every time something is taken from their sites and why.
When Facebook pulls down to terrorist ad, put information about it in a publicly accessible database so we know what happened, and what rule it violated.
When Twitter bans an account, like when it shut out the conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos after he inspired a hate mob against the comedian Leslie Jones, put the case file up for all to see.
When YouTube pulls down to video, leave up an image for when click on the link that does not only say the video violated YouTube’s policies, but also what part of the video had run afoul of which policy
I know, a journalist advocating transparency is hardly shocking.
But the truth is that these companies ‘habits of keeping enforcement teams’ work confidential does not just leave users in the dark and frustrated journalists. We’ve now learned it also sends conspiracy theorists into a frenzy, prompting even more destruction in our public discourse.