Alita: Battle Angel: Robert Rodriguez and Jon Landau on the Sci-Fi Adaptation

Years in the past, James Cameron was debating between making two initiatives: Avatar and Alita: Battle Angel. As everyone knows, he selected Avatar, which went on to turn out to be the highest-grossing film in historical past and has led to the visionary director spending the previous couple of years creating 4 sequels, the primary of which is at present filming.

Whereas Alita: Battle Angel might have been left within the scrap pile of concepts and half-written scripts, by no means to see the sunshine of day, the undertaking had no less than one particular person hungry to see it on film screens: director Robert Rodriguez. Sooner or later, years in the past, when Rodriguez was speaking to Cameron in regards to the Avatar sequels he requested what was going to occur to Alita. Cameron instructed him, “In the event you can end the script, you possibly can direct it and I’ll produce.”


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Problem accepted.

After taking Cameron’s 180-page script and 600 pages of notes, Rodriguez managed to edit it all the way down to an adaptable size, and what was left was one thing each Cameron and producer Jon Landau felt could possibly be a film.

With the movie now in post-production and dealing in direction of a December 21st launch date, a number of days in the past I used to be in Austin, Texas visiting Troublemaker Studios and acquired to take a look at the following trailer and two scenes from the film. Whereas the primary trailer audiences noticed was a teaser in regards to the character, what I actually loved about this full trailer (which needs to be launched in April) was the best way it opened up the world and expanded on the characters and who they’re. The trailer had a number of photographs that, when the VFX are completed, ought to look superior and promote you on this future world.


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After seeing the brand new trailer, Rodriguez and Landau confirmed the visiting reporters two scenes from the movie. Whereas we have been requested to not describe intimately what occurs, I’ll say one showcased a really cool motion sequence between Alita (Rosa Salazar) and Jackie Earle Haley (who you gained’t acknowledge) and each featured 3D that really seemed actually good. I don’t learn about the remainder of you, however I feel Hollywood killed 3D by releasing tons of subpar product. Nevertheless, as a result of they shot Alita: Battle Angel utilizing 3D cameras, I’ll admit it seemed unbelievable, and I’ll be seeing it in 3D when it’s completed later this yr.

Shortly after seeing the footage and trailer, Troublemaker Studios opened their doorways and hosted the opening evening SXSW get together, and the place was full of individuals. Throughout the get together, I acquired a couple of minutes with Rodriguez and Landau, and through my restricted time we talked in regards to the know-how and challenges they’re up in opposition to in making an attempt to create a photorealistic manga character in actual life, and what it was like collaborating and dealing with cinematographer Invoice Pope.

Take a look at what they needed to say beneath. Alita: Battle Angel additionally stars Mahershala Ali, Eiza González, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez, Ed Skrein, and Casper Van Dien.

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