Filmmaking giants James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez are teaming up for a Western adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the film, while Cameron and partner Jon Landau will produce.
The adaptation, titled Alita: Battle Angel, will follow a female cyborg who is discovered in a trash yard by a scientist. With no memory of her life besides her martial arts training, the cyborg becomes a bounty hunter who tracks criminals. Created by Yukito Kishiro, the cyberpunk action is meant to provide a backdrop for more intimate themes of identity and connection.
"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," stated Cameron. "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."
Added Rodriguez: "Battle Angel is an incredibly rich and vibrant epic in the tradition of Jim Cameron's spectacular, character-driven films. 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."