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Battle Angel Alita Manga Creator Reacts to Live-Action Film's Eyes, Scenery

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The official Japanese website for Alita: Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga, posted comments from James Cameron and from Kishiro himself. Kishiro provided his thoughts on the film's newest trailer that debuted in July.

Kishiro said, "In the beginning, I was surprised because [Alita's] eyes are big. But when I saw what scenes there are, I stopped noticing it. When Alita is wet in the scene where she's exploring the spaceship sunk in the water, I started to think 'Cute!' I think everyone will come to like it soon."

The manga creator also praised the film's "translucent depictions of the cyborg bodies, elaborate mechanics, and the amazing volume of information in the long shots of Iron City." Kishiro said, "When I saw high-quality representations of what I wanted to express in the original manga and illustrations but couldn't, I thought, 'Thank you! This is a video I wanted to see 30 years ago!' and 'I'm jealous of the film representation!'"

The film will open in Japan with the Alita: Battle Angel title, and not with the manga's original GUNNM (銃夢) title. The protagonist's name in the film is also Alita in Japanese, not Gally as in the original Japanese version of the manga.

The film will star Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Woman) in motion capture as Alita. Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is directing the film. James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau are producing the project, and Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis penned a script.

The film will open in both Japan and the United States on December 21.

Sources: Alita: Battle Angel film's Japanese website, Comic Natalie

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