A sneak into the incredibly breathtaking world of Alita: Battle Angel
Sharing the incredibly breathtaking world of James Cameron’s ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL. The upcoming American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro's ‘manga’ Battle Angel Alita, is the dream project of the man behind TITANIC, AVATAR, TERMINATOR, ALEINS etc. we got the opportunity to watch few portions of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL and here we share our experience and decode the mesmerizing world of the visionary James Cameron in the movie helmed by SIN CITY fame Robert Rodriguez.
Who is ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL?
Battle Angel Alita is a popular Japanese cyberpunk manga series created by Yukito Kishiro in 1990 ( known in Japan as Gunnm ("gun dream"), it was originally published in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine. A step ahead in vision and dimension from the other popular manga based Japanese animated characters like DORAEMON, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (which got ended in 2014), or other popular Japanese animation characters like NINJA HATTORI or POKEMON to that matter, Alita : Battle Angel is not restricted to certain age and region. The core story about a young woman's journey to self-discovery crosses boundaries and it’s a classic amalgamation of modern technique and traditional story telling arc that has all the pathos of today’s world in the sci – fi escapist format.
For those who are not aware, Manga is hand written animation created by artists rather than graphic experts.
What makes James Cameron so fascinated with ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL?
After watching some portions of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL and based on our understanding of James Cameron’s greatest works – AVATAR, TERMINATOR, TITANIC, it’s no surprise that the visionary has sensed a great cinematic experience in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the conflict of human and technology in the story of Alita (Salazar), a disembodied "core" who awakens with no memory in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a technological fall. Dr. Ido (Waltz) finds her and gives her a new body. They later discover that Alita is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past. As she navigates her new life, she battles other machines who are empowered with skills.
Why ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL took 15 years?
Announced in 2003 (officially, Cameron is a fan of Manga many many TERMINATORS ago). The production got repeatedly delayed due to James Cameron’s insistence to have the best CGI technology to make a live-action 3D film. AVATAR started conquering Cameron’s mind and he gave up the idea of helming the project which he initially planned to be his next production after the TV series DARK ANGEL (2000), which was influenced by BATTLE ANGEL ALITA. James Cameron wrote the script with Laeta Kalogridis and when Robert Rodriguez showed interest, Cameron shared his script with Rodriguez and later he came with some interpretation which was to the liking of Cameron and finally Alita started rolling from October 2016.
What made James Cameron to allow Robert Rodriguez to turn his dream into reality?
Those who have seen Robert Rodriguez’s award winning SIN CITY starring Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Bruce Willis, etc, are aware of the capacity of the director to create an era and transport the audience to that period in such a manner that they remain in that aura even after the end. Not many are aware that Robert Rodriguez who founded the production company A Band Apart with his friend the incredibly talented Quentin Tarantino, has a soft corner for cartoons. Otherwise Robert Rodriguez is a filmmaker known for his quick cuts, intense zooms, and fast camera movements. Whatever we have seen in the sneak peek, Robert Rodriguez has respected the vision of Cameron and the legacy of Yukito Kishiro's Alita and given his trademark edge to create a never before seen experience on screen.
If the trailer of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is the baby of James Cameron we all were waiting for, The sneak peek seen by the author of this write up is the adolescent of that child taking shape and its pure magic – a collaboration of techniques with emotion, a journey of innocence gaining adulthood. The final picture will be an experience to remember for sure. The most state of the art motion picture capture is on display over here. The wait for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL now reaches to a new level.
Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is presented by 20th Century Fox who are also the distributors, made under the banner of 20th Century Fox in association with Light storm Entertainment and Troublemaker Studios, the movie Rosa Salazar as Alita along with Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson in pivotal roles.
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL releases in India on 8th February 2019, a week before US release.