Country: United States
Category: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Release Date: 14 February 2019
Director: Robert Rodriguez
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.
Is this really the best James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez can come up with; the super-cyborg protagonist they want to spend their $US200 million and groundbreaking visual effects on? No wonder female directors are bashing at the laboratory doors. There’s a telling scene, perhaps half way through the action fantasy, where Alita (Rosa Salazar) is reunited with her rightful body, which then reshapes itself to her subconscious image of herself. Granted, she’s a warrior from another planet skilled at a specialist form of martial arts known as, wait for it, Panzer Kunst (there’s an anatomical joke in there somewhere).
“Alita: Battle Angel” has been a passion project for producer James Cameron since 2003, but the box office results aren’t going to be anywhere near the record-breaking heights of “Avatar” or “Titanic.” As reported by The Wrap, box office experts say “Alita” will post a five-day opening of no more than $25 million and is expected to max out at the U.S. box office with $45-50 million. With a production budget between $150 and $200 million (and marketing costs driving that up), “Alita” is on track to be a $200 million flop for studio 20th Century Fox. Cameron originally planned to direct “Alita” himself but put the project on hold in order to begin work on “Avatar,” a franchise he’s now devoted to continuing with four planned sequels. “Alita” is based on Yukito Kishiro’s cyberpunk manga and stars relative newcomer Rosa Salazar in the title role opposite Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz, and Jennifer Connolly. The project was resurrected in 2016 when Robert Rodriguez was announced as director, with Cameron moving into a producing role..
"Although Alita: Battle Angel's box office prospects look grim, producer James Cameron admits he's hoping for a sequel to the film, though such plans could open the movie up to mocking if they never come to fruition Michael Nordine Mar 25, 2019 3:50 pm @slowbeard Alita: Battle Angel, jason Momoa Courtesy of DC Entertainment Much to the consternation of fans, “Alita: Battle Angel” has yet to receive a teaser trailer despite being scheduled for release later this year. This has naturally led to speculation among those same fans, which director James Wan has apparently had enough of. The “Saw” and “The Conjuring” filmmaker took to Twitter to dispel any rumors about the delay, explaining that the problem is simple: “It’s me.”
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