Robert Rodriguez is in talks to direct a live action adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for 20th Century Fox, according to Deadline. James Cameron, who has talked for over a decade about wanting to adapt Yukito Kishiro's manga himself, is onboard as a producer with Jon Landau.
“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,” Cameron said. "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.”
Rodriguez, a former cartoonist who segued into filmmaking with El Mariachi and the more recent Sin City films, calls working with Cameron "an honor".
“Battle Angel is an incredibly rich and vibrant epic in the tradition of Jim Cameron’s spectacular, character-driven films," said Rodriguez. "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.”
No casting or release date was announced.