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James Cameron is getting Robert Rodriguez to direct Alita: Battle Angel

10.14.2015

James Cameron is too busy spending his time in Pandora to ever direct BATTLE ANGEL ALITA. It doesn't matter how much he's been intrigued by the manga graphic novel series from Yukito Kishiro. He's got AVATAR sequels out the wazoo for the next few years that it never appeared to be destined for his front burner.

But he could always produce and hand the property off to someone else to handle, which now looks to be the case. That way, he can have his cake and eat it, too. Word is quickly spreading that Cameron, his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau and 20th Century Fox are currently engaged in talks for Robert Rodriguez to be at the helm for this particular adaptation.

Now titled ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, Rodriguez's film will tell the story of a female cyborg discovered in the scrapyard by a scientist in the 26th century. Unable to remember anything but her martial arts training, the rebuilt character becomes a bounty hunter (Hunter-Warrior, to be exact) that tracks down dangerous criminals. While the action aspect of the source material should certainly be right up Rodriguez's alley, you know it was the themes of love and self-discovery that really intrigued Cameron this whole time, making their partnership quite interesting as they can hopefully help each other in realizing this property for the big screen.

Cameron had the following to say, regarding the collaboration with Rodriguez on a project he's been jazzed about for years.

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. 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.

In traditional fashion, Rodriguez offered up his own kind words about Cameron and what they hope to do together.

Battle Angel is an incredibly rich and vibrant epic in the tradition of Jim Cameron’s spectacular, character-driven films. Getting to work from Jim’s terrific and visionary script while learning the cutting edge techniques he’s pioneered is a master class in filmmaking. It’s an honor to explore the world of Alita along with Jim and Jon, whose films have impacted me for decades.

Both Cameron and Rodriguez have their strengths and weaknesses, and this pairing may just wind up working to each of their benefits to make an interesting flick. I'm hopeful that things could work out in that fashion, because we're the ones who wind up celebrating the reward of a cool movie.

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12:44PM on 10/15/2015
I'm not familiar with Battle Angel Alita beyond how fans have been waiting a long time to see it brought to the screen, and Cameron has been pushing it back, and pushing it back. Outside of a similar affinity for genre movies, I can't think of a filmmaker less like James Cameron than Robert Rodriguez. His movies tend to be made quickly and cheaply. Cameron takes years and spends hundreds of millions on his. I don't know if this is a good marriage of creative minds, but it's an interesting one.
I'm not familiar with Battle Angel Alita beyond how fans have been waiting a long time to see it brought to the screen, and Cameron has been pushing it back, and pushing it back. Outside of a similar affinity for genre movies, I can't think of a filmmaker less like James Cameron than Robert Rodriguez. His movies tend to be made quickly and cheaply. Cameron takes years and spends hundreds of millions on his. I don't know if this is a good marriage of creative minds, but it's an interesting one. I mean, when Rodriguez sets his sights on making a movie, that movie gets made. Whether it's any good is a different story, but even Machete Kills turned a small profit.

Truth is, Cameron has nothing to prove now. He takes long sabbaticals from filmmaking to go on deep-sea adventures. He's in no rush to do anything anymore. It's been six years since Avatar. Most franchises would be three deep by now. Or at least have one sequel to them. What I'm saying is, I don't even have hope for another Avatar, let alone a Cameron-directed Battle Angel. So why not Rodriguez? As long as he gives it the same attention he did for Sin City, it could still be a good movie.
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1:10AM on 10/15/2015
Well that's just not the same thing now is it? I actually like Avatar more that a lot of people but I feel it's a pity that he ties himself to one thing for so long. It's just not as exciting.
Well that's just not the same thing now is it? I actually like Avatar more that a lot of people but I feel it's a pity that he ties himself to one thing for so long. It's just not as exciting.
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10:40PM on 10/14/2015
Well, I liked Spy Kids.
Well, I liked Spy Kids.
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8:50PM on 10/14/2015
I like Rodriguez, but he should not direct this. It is Cameron's project, it should stay his project.
I like Rodriguez, but he should not direct this. It is Cameron's project, it should stay his project.
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6:25PM on 10/14/2015
Fuck! For over a decade I've been waiting for Cameron to make this. I was will to sit through more Avatars just for the promise of this. But then to hand to a careless director like Rodriguez?! WTF Cameron??? He already fucked over Predator. Rodriguez's Mariachi films were okay at best, From Dusk Till Dawn was a fun stupid horror movie. Sin City doesn't hold up well. And everything else he has done (the majority of his filmography) is complete trash. This is just awful news.
Fuck! For over a decade I've been waiting for Cameron to make this. I was will to sit through more Avatars just for the promise of this. But then to hand to a careless director like Rodriguez?! WTF Cameron??? He already fucked over Predator. Rodriguez's Mariachi films were okay at best, From Dusk Till Dawn was a fun stupid horror movie. Sin City doesn't hold up well. And everything else he has done (the majority of his filmography) is complete trash. This is just awful news.
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6:06PM on 10/14/2015
Well, let's not all freak out just yet. While it's true that Rodriguez's track record has been pretty dismal lately, Cameron is producing and writing the script for this. I think with Cameron's involvement, even if it's not as director, this will still turn out all right.
Well, let's not all freak out just yet. While it's true that Rodriguez's track record has been pretty dismal lately, Cameron is producing and writing the script for this. I think with Cameron's involvement, even if it's not as director, this will still turn out all right.
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5:06PM on 10/14/2015

WHY, GOD, WHY?

NO, GOD, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
NO, GOD, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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4:25PM on 10/14/2015

Damn

And like that...a glimmer of hope this could be good....right in the toilet
And like that...a glimmer of hope this could be good....right in the toilet
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