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Robert Rodriguez in Talks to Direct Cameron's Live-Action Battle Angel Alita Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
Director's earlier projects include Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is in negotiations to direct the live-action film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. The film is currently titled Alita: Battle Angel.

James Cameron and Jon Landau are producing the project. Cameron reaffirmed last year that he will not work on Battle Angel Alita until he has finished directing the sequels to his Avatar film, which are in pre-production.

Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis has penned a script for the project.

Kishiro's manga ran in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine from 1990 to 1995, followed by the 1995-1996 follow-up Ashen Victor and the single-volume GUNNM: Other Stories. The story continued in 2001 with the partial retelling Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, which moved to Kodansha's Evening magazine as the result of an issue between Kishiro and Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine. The newest manga, Gunnm: Kasei Senki (Battle Angel Alita: The Martian War Chronicles), launched in Kodansha's Evening magazine last year.

Sources: Deadline, Variety

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